Previous Article Next Article FNPI Search Home Previous Year Next Year Year List

Are The R.C.M.P. Above The Law?

Lloyd Brass

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      MAY 1976      v06 n05 p42  
All the physical aspects that was supposed to have been inflicted by members of the R.C.M.P. in the Kamsack area are now back to normal.

The house that have been broken into are repaired. The bruises that have been inflicted are now gone.

But the scars of the mind which is very often uncurable are they back to normal? The children who were in the homes at the time that the alleged attacks on their parents have occurred, what is on their little minds? Anyone who is normal who stands helplessly by while watching his or her mother being brutally attacked with a flashlight will he or she ever forget?

And speaking for myself as a supposedly normal human being, I would never forget and forgive persons or a person who would attack my mother. Would anyone just forget if your mother received medical attention in a hospital after sustaining bruises on the head, body, and twisting an ankle.

Is their any justice in smashing down a home and scaring the wits out of little innocent children?

I thought that this big democratic country was free and one law made for every one as equal citizens.

Prior and during the second world war when Germany started absorbing and conquering all the little countries around her incidents of brutality similar to the case of Peter Badger were very common.

In a written signed statement Mr. Badger described a very horrifying experience. He stated his house was broken into. He then stated he was dragged outside by four members of the R.C.M.P. He was then hand-cuffed and beaten outside his own home. One of the senior officers stuck his boot on Peter's throat.

All this happened while his pants kept falling down hobbing his way into the police paddy wagon. At the same time, Peter was taking more punishment and physical abuse.

All this occurred in the village of Badgerville and several witnesses helplessly watching the whole ordeal.

The Attorney-General's Department have assigned the R.C.M.P. to investigate the R.C.M.P.. One of the leaders stated it is like asking a family to investigate itself.

It is known that the R.C.M.P. are a closely knit group who very often call themselves closer then their immediate relatives in certain situations. They have to rally amongst themselves to help their fellow officer.

An investigation such as that was called up by the leaders of the Cote and Whitebear reserves is a crisis of Canada's police force. It is the opinion of most of the Indian people that in this case the inquiry that was made was poorly handled and appeared bias.

Many of the Indian people have had very unpleasant experiences with the R.C.M.P.. The feeling of mistrust is always in the back of the Indian's mind. They fear the R.C.M.P. who seems more protected behind the law and his uniform. Therefore the Indian people with this ill feeling in their minds will not fully communicate and cooperate with an investigating R.C.M.P. officer.

Can an average person go into a home and terrorize and beat people up and get away with it? If the law applies to all the people in Canada, why did the R.C.M.P. who have offended the Indian people get away scott free. Doesn't the Attorney-General's Department recognize the signed statements that were made by some of the Indian people?

It is to my understanding that a statement made by a complaining person is sufficient enough to lay charges on the offender. Is the law not there to protect the Indian people as well as anyone else? Or are the R.C.M.P. above the law?

I fail to recognize the Attorney-General's Department in where they stated that there was lack of evidence and yet there were crimes that have been committed and backed up by written statements by the offended people involved.