Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Maintiens le droit
"[W]orse than watching the Dziekanski tape."
That's how Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, describes watching an edited version of a video shot in 2003 in which a Metis man, Clayton Alvin Willey, is knocked to the ground by RCMP officers, hogtied, kicked in the chest, pepper-sprayed and repeatedly Tasered.
Willey died. A coroner cleared the officers in 2004, even though the video had been entered into evidence. A writer researching aboriginal deaths in police custody brought the video to Phillip's attention.
Willey's surviving family has provided a signed authorization requesting the release of the video by the Mounties. The RCMP has declined--citing "privacy concerns."
Posted by Dr.Dawg at 10:44 AM