Please note: sensitive content. This video is concerning, and has been taken down on several news sites (including CBC). I am posting it because I believe it is important that the public is aware of the work the RCMP does on their behalf.
According to the CBC, “New Brunswick RCMP have sought an independent review after a video of what appears to be an officer striking a man he was arresting was posted to social media.”
The CBC also reports that Chanel Roy, the president of the New Brunswick Police Association, said “There’s always a context of what took place prior to what was captured on video.”
On June 4th, in Edmundson New Brunswick, Chantel Moore was killed during a “wellness check” by RCMP and faced no charges. There were also no charges in the shooting death of Rodney Levi. “Levi, who was from the Metepenagiag First Nation, was shot dead by the RCMP on the evening of June 12 after police responded to a complaint about a disturbance in a home in Sunny Corner, N.B.”
If we are supposed to trust the RCMP with our safety, then we must be able to trust them. As a New Brunswicker, I find this deeply disturbing.
I don’t have any answers, I am just a concerned citizen watching in horror. Independent investigations are only worthwhile if there are charges at the end. As we’ve seen in past instances, this does not happen.