VIDEO: On-camera clashes between police and Aboriginal people
The recent court-ordered release of a 50-second, silent video showing an Ottawa Police officer kicking Terry Delay, a homeless Aboriginal man, while in custody has me recalling other contentious clips.
There’s enough of them out there that I thought I would make a compilation; I was struck by the number of them I could recall without really straining my memory banks. Note that I present them here in order of actual occurrence, not in the order the videos subsequently came to light.
42-year-old Terry Delay is taken into
an Ottawa jail cell by 5 officers.
Kevin Spratt is tasered 13 times by
police in the state of Western Australia. He was
reportedly tasered again a week later.
An unconscious, “soaking wet, homeless”
Frank Paul, 47, is dragged out of jail
by Vancouver police and left “in an icy alley”
where he froze to death.
Update: Then there are the videos we haven’t seen but know about. In 2003, a video “reportedly shows Clay Willey, an Aboriginal man, being tasered [by unidentified officers] while hog-tied on the floor of cell at a Prince George RCMP detachment,” writes The Tyee. He subsequently died that day. In Nov. 2009, the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP announced they would investigate Willey’s death.