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No charges laid against Canadian Tire employee who confronted First Nation man in store


(A peaceful protest at the Canadian Tire store in Regina after Camao Cappo posted a Facebook video.)

Kathleen Martens
APTN National News
A First Nations man is fearing the worst now that criminal charges won’t be laid against a former Canadian Tire employee he says roughed him up.

“The Regina police and the Crown have just declared open season on Indigenous people,” said Camao Cappo.

“A white man or woman can go and assault an Indigenous person and get away with it. That’s very sad.”

Cappo said the news, which came Thursday, left him gutted.

“I felt terrible not so much for myself but for the women and children and Elders who experience these things on a regular basis.

“I can’t think of anything else I can do.”

Cappo posted a video of the July dust-up on Facebook where it has racked up more than 350,000 views.

He said he was shopping for a chainsaw with a friend when he was accused of stealing, assaulted and forced to leave the store.

He said it happened because he is an Indigenous person.

“The Indigenous people across Canada they tolerate this,” Cappo said in a telephone interview from Regina. “They put their heads down with burning, searing racism flowing through them.

“This was an attempt to show them you can stand up to them and win.”

Instead he said he lost his bid to right a discriminatory wrong even with proof.

“The police and Crown prosecution service have said, ‘No, you still can’t; even if you have video.’”

The assault shown in the video happened at the national retailer’s east Regina outlet.

Cappo said he will no longer spend money with the chain.

“I won’t shop at C.T. They slap you in the face and they kick you and they’re going to give you their business? Here’s our money sir – beat us again.”

Cappo said he wrote a letter to the company after filing a criminal complaint with Regina police.

He said he received no response.

Canadian Tire said the employee in the video no longer works there.

“So now, as a white person, can you imagine how they must feel? Knowing they can go assault an Indigenous person and nothing will happen to them?”

The Regina Police Service said the Ministry of Justice concluded there was not a reasonable likelihood of a conviction.

“While the store employee may have been mistaken in his assessment of the situation, the Crown would not be able to prove, on the evidence available, that he was dishonest about that assessment or acted unreasonably on the facts available to him,” the ministry said in a statement.

Police viewed Cappo’s video as part of “a comprehensive investigation” but the store’s surveillance video was never found.

Cappo said he will leave the video online.

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6 Responses to “No charges laid against Canadian Tire employee who confronted First Nation man in store”

    ron October 3, 2017 at 6:31 pm #

    straight talk
    This is Saskatchewan at it’s finest. The injustice continues to FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE in a province rooted in racism. Trying to find a way out of this situation is a disgrace to the morons who act as prosecutors, lawyers, judges and u want to be trusted. give me a break.

    Philip Noodjmowin Cote October 2, 2017 at 2:42 am #

    The real problem is Canada provides no representation for Indigenous people on any level Education, Law, Governance and at the very heart of all this injustice is how history was written from a White Racist Eurocentric patriarchy. There needs to be decolonization on every level to change the racist stereotype.

    Lynn Jenkinson October 1, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

    Why didn’t you include the video or at least a link to the video?

    Charmaine October 1, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    How shameful. CT is now ony boycot list.

    Ernie Sandy September 30, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

    It is sad for Canada 2017 that racism still exists either outright or systemically against people of colour. We don’t have an Indian problem, an Asian problem, nor a black problem, we have a white problem. Much like the inter generational problem of the residential school and sixties scoop, racists today also carry the racism from one generation to the next. To address this problem, there needs to be a massive education and awareness program on the negative impact of racism throughout the education system.

    Beverley L. Carter September 30, 2017 at 10:17 am #

    There is no reason for the Crown to have decided that Camao Cappo should endure an assault by a Canadian Tire employee because it is not prove able that the employee was incorrect in his assessment that Camao Cappo was stealing and and that the assault was therefore possibly vindicated. Is this the policy of Canadian Tire? Are the employees able to assault people they decide must have stolen something based on the race of the person assaulted? The video can’t be found?
    The whole situation smaks of hostile assaultive racism. If Canadian justice is not offended by the very idea of the Crown not acting on this assault and laying charges, of the Crown being both negligent and incompetent, the truth is that there is no real justice in Canada! The Department of Justice should be coming into play here.