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Fort McMurray – Chief Allan Adam is asking the RCMP to release images of his March 10 arrest, which were videotaped by a police camera after his arrest left his face cut and bruised.
He also requests the suspension of the arrest agent and an investigation.
“Whenever our people do harm, the RCMP … always seems to use excessive force,” he said at a press conference on Saturday morning. “It must stop. Enough is enough. ”
Adam, chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, and his lawyer, Brian Beresh, showed two videos of the incident, which occurred outside the Boomtown casino around 2 a.m. on March 10. The videos were filmed by passers-by.
The chief said the incident started when the police noticed that his truck had an expired license plate. Adam was outside his vehicle, moving a baby seat in the back to make room for a friend when an officer told him that.
Adam got back into the truck to tell his wife, Freda Courtoreille, that they couldn’t leave. Police say the vehicle was unoccupied and idling, but Adam says his wife was in control. In the meantime, other officers have arrived at the scene.