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.

 

Aug. 2010:
Curtis Billy in custody at the RCMP holding facilities in
Williams Lake,
BC. See the Vancouver Sun report along with
the account from the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA).

 

May 2010:
Oren Mostad at the
RCMP holding facilities in Williams Lake, BC.
(Vancouver Sun account; BCCLA account)

 

Jan. 2010:
Lloyd Gilbert
at the RCMP holding facilities in Williams Lake, BC.
(Vancouver Sun account; BCCLA account)

 

July 2009:
42-year-old Terry Delay is taken into
an Ottawa jail cell
by 5 officers.

 

Aug. 2008:
Kevin Spratt is tasered 13 times by
police in the state of Western Australia. He was
reportedly tasered again a week later.

 

Click on image to see video

Dec. 1998:
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.

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