OTTAWA – The death of a young aboriginal woman shot and killed by police Thursday in New Brunswick and the arrest muscular of a man Monday in Nunavut leaves a bitter taste to the minister of Aboriginal Services, Marc Miller.
“I looked at it with disgust, yesterday, a number of these incidents,” said minister Miller, Friday, in Ottawa press conference.
In addition to the death of Chantel Moore, 26, who was shot by a police officer of Edmundston in the night from Wednesday to Thursday in his apartment in Edmundston, an intoxicated man was knocked down late Monday night by the door of a vehicle of the royal Canadian mounted police while they were trying to apprehend him in the village of Kinngait, Nunavut.
A video circulating on social networks testifies to the scene and the police officer has been removed from the community in which he is assigned. “The content of the video has raised concerns about the conduct of the police officer during the arrest, said RCMP on Tuesday, in a statement. After having watched the video, the commander has ordered an external investigation independent of the intervention of the police.
“It is a shameful act, shameful and violent,” said Mr. Miller about the arrest of the death of the young native man shot and killed by a police officer.
The young woman was frightened and said she was harassed, and when the police officer opened the door, it was with a knife and the officer opened fire, touching fatally.
“I don’t understand how someone dies during an audit of his well-being. When I saw the report for the first time, I saw that it was a kind of joke morbid and you look and you say that yes, there will be an independent investigation,” added the minister.
“But frankly, like many Canadians, and aboriginal people living in Canada, the politicians are furious and outraged, he continued. There must be a full investigation of what is happening. This is a situation that keeps repeating itself.”
Note that during his detention, the man arrested in Nunavut has been severely beaten by another inmate.
These incidents arise in the context where the actions of the police officers are coming under scrutiny following the death of the Afro-American George Floyd, who was killed ten days by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The former officer Derek Chauvin was charged for second-degree murder and three of his colleagues will face justice.