Video Footage Released of Police Brutality Against Chief Allan Adam

The RCMP dash-camera video footage was released as part of a court application to get criminal charges against Chief Allan Adam stayed. Canadian police beat the Fort Chipewyan First Nation Chief in March after an incident involving an expired license plate on his truck.

Newly released video footage reveals police brutality inflicted on Fort Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam in March over a minor violation: an expired license plate. 

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) dash-camera video, filed as a court exhibit on Thursday and subsequently posted by several media outlets, shows the violent arrest of Chief Adam in an Alberta parking lot, in which an officer jump-tackles Chief Adam to the ground, punching him to the head and locking him in a chokehold.

Excessive force, illegal in the handling of any arrest, is particularly unjustified in this instance with Chief Adam, for the citation of an expired license plate. 

“We are a minority and nobody speaks up for us,” Chief Adam said.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair commented that he was “deeply disturbed” upon seeing a photo of Chief Adam’s beaten face taken after the incident.

Chief Allan, who endured this aggressive attack on March 10, 2020, in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, is due in court on July 2 for “resisting arrest and assaulting police.” Chief Adam’s lawyer has filed a court motion to have criminal charges stayed “as a result of numerous infringements of Chief Adam’s rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” Adam’s lawyer has also called for the officer’s suspension. 

After the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, the world’s attention has finally turned to the metastasized cancer within the law enforcement system with regards to police engagement with people of color. Race-based violence and antagonism by police has a direct impact on the social, economic, and political empowerment of a people.

Nationwide pleas in the U.S. and Canada to reduce the funding of police departments serve to invite the reallocation and reinvestment of that money in rebuilding communities of color, whose current socio-economic conditions are rooted in deep histories of oppression. Strategic reparation is standard to begin to make amends for the decimation and marginalization of people of color. 

The RCPM video of a police officer’s assault on Chief Allan Adam demonstrates how law enforcement continues to pulverize people of color into submission. 

As professor Hugh Anthony, PhD, states on Twitter: “This highlights racial profiling, police brutality & dehumanizing of indigenous bodies by police. The fact that Chief Allan was speaking up for his rights, was ignored and violated by state-sanctioned agency @rcmpgrcpolice. This is oppressive & racist.” 

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