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Dashcam footage shows Canadian police tackling indigenous chief

por Rebekah Gilley (2020-07-10)


Newly-released dashcam footage shows the moment an indigenous Canadian leader was tackled and punched by police during a confrontation in Alberta earlier this year. 

Chief Allan Adam of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation has claimed Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) beat him in March after they approached him over an expired license plate. 

The arrest has received attention in Canada as a backlash against racism grows worldwide in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee to his neck. 

In the 12-minute video, released as part of a court application to have his charges dropped, a police officer is seen charging at Adam with his arm and elbow up as he tackles him to the ground.

EcebNCVU0AInME8.jpgIt also shows the officer punching him in the head.

Adam had approached the police car parked behind him outside a Fort McMurray casino to complain of harassment. 

When the officer repeatedly orders him back to his truck, Adam warns that the two of them are going to have a problem.

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have released dashcam footage of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam's violent arrest in March 

The 12-minute police video shows an officer charging at Adam with his arm and elbow up as he tackles him to the ground.

It also shows the officer punching him in the head