U.S. Must Return ALL Stolen Land To Native Tribes In Order To End Police Brutality And Racism


By Counter Current News

The United Nations has made a statement that is shocking to many, but comes as no surprise to those who know their history. An investigator probing discrimination against Native Americans has said that the United States government has an obligation to return much of the land stolen from Native American tribes, if they want to combat systemic racism and discrimination in the United States.

As of 2011, there were 5.1 million American Indians and Alaska Natives in the U.S. but the rate of Native Americans being killed by law enforcement far outpaces the rates of any other group, with African Americans coming in second.

From 1999 to 2013, Native Americans have been killed by police at nearly identical rates as black Americans, but at a slightly higher rate in recent years. The big difference with Native lives, however, is that the media is virtually silent on these killings and the “Native Lives Matter” movement.

Simon Moya-Smith, a journalist and editor with Indian Country Today Media Network, said, “we protest, we take to social media, we get as many stories and Native American voices as we can into news media,” but still, “we’re not entirely on [the mainstream media’s] radar – maybe for Indian mascots, but for police brutality? Barely, if at all.”

Now, James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, has concluded that there is no way justice will ever be possible in the United States, as long as the government continues to hold illegally-seized Native American land.

Anaya said that no member of the US Congress has been willing to meet him during the course of his investigated into these stolen lands and the impact the land theft has on Native American communities today.

Anaya said that he spent nearly two weeks of visiting Indian reservations, communities and Natives living in cities. At the end of the investigation, he concluded that in all contexts, police brutality and systemic racism has been pervasive. He reported “numerous instances of outright brutality, all grounded on racial discrimination”.

“It’s a racial discrimination that they feel is both systemic and also specific instances of ongoing discrimination that is felt at the individual level,” he added.

Anaya said this does not just extend to how law enforcement treats Native Americans, but is also part of the broad relationship between federal or state governments and tribes which effects issues including law enforcement, education and poverty.

“For example, with the treatment of children in schools both by their peers and by teachers as well as the educational system itself; the way native Americans and indigenous peoples are reflected in the school curriculum and teaching,” he continued.

“And discrimination in the sense of the invisibility of Native Americans in the country overall that often is reflected in the popular media. The idea that is often projected through the mainstream media and among public figures that indigenous peoples are either gone or as a group are insignificant or that they’re out to get benefits in terms of handouts, or their communities and cultures are reduced to casinos, which are just flatly wrong.”

Anaya visited an Oglala Sioux reservation. There, he found that the per capita income is only around $7,000 a year, and life expectancy is about 50 years. That is no coincidence. Native American communities have been disempowered by the government’s theft of their property and thus their potential for sustenance and opportunity. The United States still holds on to a huge amount of land that was directly stolen from Native tribes, not including vast swaths of land appropriated by the United States government, which this report does not account for.

Anaya said the Rosebud Sioux community is one example where the government returning land that was clearly stolen directly from Native residents, is one way that the government could begin a “process of reconciliation” that could create ripple effects in ending police brutality and systemic racism against Native Americans.

“At Rosebud, that’s a situation where indigenous people have seen over time encroachment on to their land and they’ve lost vast territories and there have been clear instances of broken treaty promises. It’s undisputed that the Black Hills was guaranteed them by treaty and that treaty was just outright violated by the United States in the 1900s. That has been recognized by the United States supreme court,” he explained.

The Guardian reports that Anaya said he “would reserve detailed recommendations on a plan for land restoration until he presents his final report to the UN human rights council in September.”

Anaya added that he’s “talking about restoring to indigenous peoples what obviously they’re entitled to and they have a legitimate claim to in a way that is not divisive but restorative. That’s the idea behind reconciliation.”

But he notes that this is likely to be met with strong resistance in Congress, just as previous calls for the US government to pay reparations for slavery to African-American communities were also disregarded.

As noted, members of the US government have so far refused to meet with Anaya to discuss this report with him.

“I typically meet with members of the national legislature on my country visits and I don’t know the reason,” he explained.

This is huge news, so don’t expect it to be discussed much in the mainstream media. Do you agree with the report? If you do, or if you think it’s a step in the right direction, help us get the word out!

(Article by M. David; S. Wooten and Reagan Ali; image via #Op309 Media)

Source: Counter Current News, Posted September 8, 2015.


First Nations Man Victim Of ‘Police Brutality’, Say Whitehorse Protesters

More than 50 protesters, many of them Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation members, gathered outside Whitehorse RCMP headquarters on Friday. (Cheryl Kawaja/CBC)

More than 50 protesters, many of them Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation members, gathered outside Whitehorse RCMP headquarters on Friday. (Cheryl Kawaja/CBC)

CBC News Posted: Apr 10, 2015

More than 50 people gathered outside Yukon RCMP headquarters in Whitehorse this afternoon to protest what many were calling “police brutality”.

The demonstration came in the wake of a viral video that showed a Yukon First Nations man being pinned to the ground and punched by an RCMP officer during an arrest last weekend. The video was posted on Facebook and within days had been seen by nearly 850,000 people. RCMP responded by calling for a third-party investigation.

“I was actually enraged,” says protester Hayley Mintz about seeing the video. “He’s a good friend of mine and he’s not a bad guy.”

The demonstrators gathered on the lawn and sidewalk in front of the RCMP building. Some were drumming and chanting, while others stood quietly, holding placards. “Am I next?” read one sign. Another read, “Police need more training.”

“We teach our children to look to the RCMP for safety, now I have issues,” says protester Jackie Bear. “I support anybody and everybody who’s been hurt by the RCMP. It’s just wrong.”

Inspector Archie Thompson talks to reporters at a protest outside RCMP headquarters in Whitehorse. (Cheryl Kawaja/CBC)

Inspector Archie Thompson talks to reporters at a protest outside RCMP headquarters in Whitehorse. (Cheryl Kawaja/CBC)

Whitehorse RCMP Inspector Archie Thompson came out during the protest to speak to reporters. He said police respect the protesters’ rights to demonstrate, and are taking their concerns very seriously.

“It’s not okay to use more force than is necessary to do our duty,” Thompson said. But he said it’s important to allow the investigation to proceed, before drawing conclusions about the officer’s conduct.

“I know our members have worked for years to build relationships, and I would hate to see one incident compromise that,” Thompson said.

‘Things have to change’

The man arrested in the video, Josh Skookum, is from the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation. His father, Ed Skookum, was among the protesters, along with Little Salmon Carmacks chief Eric Fairclough.

“Things have to change,” Fairclough said. During the protest, he went inside the RCMP building to speak to police about the protesters’ concerns. He left feeling reassured.

Eric Fairclough

Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation chief Eric Fairclough. (Cheryl Kawaja/CBC)

“I expressed that people want to see some action by the RCMP to make improvements to the relationship between them and the First Nations people,” Fairclough said. “They [police] do want to work on improving relations and they want to get to the bottom of it too.”

Fairclough says he was told the independent investigation into Josh Skookum’s arrest would begin next week. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been called in by RCMP to lead the investigation, as an impartial third-party. In the meantime, RCMP say the arresting officer shown in the video has been reassigned to administrative duties.

A statement from ASIRT says it is working with RCMP and the Yukon government to appoint a community liaison, to act as an impartial observer to the investigation. Fairclough says he offered police the names of several possible candidates.

“There needs to be improvement here in the Yukon,” Fairclough said. “Thank goodness for modern technology that can capture these things.”



Protesters march on Rapid City Hall for racial equality

Native Lives Matter movement supporters walk past the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Thursday afternoon en route to the City/School Administration Center as part of the All Relations Community March Against Racism.

Native Lives Matter movement supporters walk past the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Thursday afternoon en route to the City/School Administration Center as part of the All Relations Community March Against Racism.

In frigid, windy but sunny conditions, more than 100 protesters Thursday marched on the Rapid City-School Administration Center downtown as part of a movement calling for government accountability to resolve social injustices toward Native Americans.

The Thursday march coincided with the release a 12-page report by the Lakota People’s Law Project, “Native Lives Matter,” which asserts the U.S. justice system is responsible for those injustices.

Prominent topics noted in the report include police brutality, namely that Native Americans are the most likely to be killed by law enforcement; that Native American children make up 1 percent of the nation’s youth population but account for 70 percent of youths committed overall to the Federal Bureau of Prisons; and that Native Americans are victims of violent crimes at twice the rate of all other U.S. residents.

“The roots of these problems are money and racism,” according to the report.

Chase Iron Eyes, attorney for the Lakota People’s Law Project, led the march, which started at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center band shell in Memorial Park, traversed the Memorial Park Promenade, stopped traffic on Omaha Street and ended in front of the City-School Administration Center at 300 Sixth Street downtown.

“My relatives, I’m at a tipping point,” Iron Eyes told the crowd that massed Thursday despite the blustery weather. “I know you’re at a tipping point because we can’t take this any longer.”

If those in power had their way, Iron Eyes said, “We would exist in the margins of poverty for the next 100 years,” he said. “They would sentence us to death by poverty if they had their way.”

Iron Eyes said the fatal police shooting of 30-year-old Allen Locke in December was the most recent incident between Native Americans and the Rapid City Police Department. The U.S. Department of Justice cleared the officer involved in the shooting, though many in the Native American community have protested that the incident was improperly investigated.

Iron Eyes said there have been too many Native Americans killed by Rapid City Police, and there have been too many Native Americans found dead along Rapid Creek.

“We felt that was a crisis situation and that we needed more than just rhetoric at rallies,” Iron Eyes said of the origin of the Native Lives Matter report.

He said economic empowerment is the only way to compensate for injustices toward Native Americans.

Iron Eyes said Lakota People’s Law Project, in conjunction with the group Native Lives Matter, will be reaching out to state, Pennington County, Rapid City and tribal governments for an economic analysis of the fiscal impact of Native Americans on the region.

The numbers would include not only money spent by Native Americans, but also what health care funding is brought into the state or any sort of institutional spending on behalf of the tribes, Iron Eyes said.

“We want all those numbers because currently there is a stereotype that Natives don’t pay taxes,” he said. “Well, we’re paying at least 4, 8 percent, or whatever the sales, excise, use, alcohol, tobacco, vehicle (taxes) — any kind of taxes that we pay to the Rapid City economy, we would like a percentage of that.”

Bryan Brewer, a former president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and director of the Lakota Nation Invitational event, said during the march that the community will have to stride together to erase racism.

But Brewer said city leadership needs to present a plan for a fix moving forward, especially if LNI is to continue its decades-long presence in Rapid City.

“The Lakota Nation Invitational, right now, we don’t want to leave Rapid City. This is our home also,” he said. “We’ve been here for 38 years, and we want to stay and fight this issue. We don’t want to run. But if we have to, we will. We will be out of Rapid City.

“The (LNI) board, the schools: We’re going to be looking to see what Rapid City does, what plans that they have to make sure all of our children are safe when we come to Rapid City, and I just can’t say enough that we have to work together.”

Police Are Killing Native Americans At An Alarming Rate — So Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About It?


There are 5.1 million American Indians and Alaska Natives in the U.S. as of 2011, significantly fewer than the country’s 45 million black Americans (as of 2013). But like black Americans, indigenous people are killed by law enforcement officers at rates that far outstrip their share of the population.

While #BlackLivesMatter evolved into a national rallying cry for racial justice over the summer, a largely overlooked #NativeLivesMatter movement has been quietly galvanizing activists as well. Few mainstream outlets report on it, but the indigenous blogosphere and Twitterverse abound with horror stories, not the least of which is that six Native men and women were killed by police in November and December alone.


Protest reignites against EPS officer who tasered a passed-out Native teen eight times

Protesters say the promotion threatens to undermine public trust in the EPS. (CBC)

Protesters say the promotion threatens to undermine public trust in the EPS. (CBC)

By Black Powder | Red Power Media

Earlier this month, CBC News revealed the Edmonton Police Service promoted Mike Wasylyshen to sergeant despite criminal record.

Two dozen protesters gathered on the steps of Churchill Square Saturday afternoon, renewing calls for Edmonton police to reverse the promotion of an officer with a criminal record for assault.

Mike Wasylyshen, was found guilty of tasering a passed out Native teenager eight times during an arrest in 2002.

Protesters railed against the promotion in speeches on Churchill Square, before marching to EPS headquarters and holding a round dance.

Aboriginal elder Taz Bouchier says she does not believe Wasylyshen is truly remorseful for his actions, and left the healing circle early, believing there was not enough open dialogue. (CBC)

Aboriginal elder Taz Bouchier says she does not believe Wasylyshen is truly remorseful for his actions. (CBC)

“Really, can we have faith and trust in the police when they promote people like that?” asked elder Taz Bouchier, who helped organize the protest.

The officer had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of assault for an unprovoked attack on a man standing on Whyte Ave in 2005.

Court records show that at about 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 18, 2005, a “heavily intoxicated” Wasylyshen, who was off duty that night, launched an unprovoked attack on Devin Stacey, who was on crutches following knee surgery, as Stacey attempted to hail a cab on Whyte Avenue.

Wasylyshen later punched a security guard from a nearby corner store who intervened in the melee and repeatedly threatened to kill Stacey and the security guard.

Both Stacey and the security guard independently told CBC News that Wasylyshen said he could find them and would burn down their houses with their families inside.

Wasylyshen pleaded guilty to two counts of assault in April 2009. A charge of uttering threats was dropped by the Crown.

His lawyer read reference letters into the court record that said he had turned his life around by quitting drinking and become an asset to the police service with a gift for leadership.

A judge fined him $500 and refused a defence request for a suspended record, leaving Wasylyshen with a criminal record.

Edmonton police officer Mike Wasylyshen was recently promoted despite having a criminal record for the drunken, off-duty assault of a man on crutches and a disciplinary suspension for tasering a passed-out native youth. (CBC)

Edmonton police officer Mike Wasylyshen was recently promoted despite having a criminal record for the drunken, off-duty assault of a man on crutches and a disciplinary suspension for tasering a passed-out native youth. (CBC)

A decade earlier, Wasylyshen had Tasered 16-year-old Randy Fryingpan eight times in 68 seconds while the native teen was passed out drunk in a car.

The aboriginal community in Edmonton was outraged becauseWasylyshen was neither criminally charged nor, initially, internally disciplined. The EPS only filed internal disciplinary charges against him after the Law Enforcement Review Board ordered it to.

A judge in 2005 had previously ruled Wasylyshen used excessive force in the criminal case against the native teenager. The judge called theTasering “cruel and unusual punishment” that amounted to a breach of the teen’s charter rights.

The presiding officer in Wasylyshen’s internal disciplinary hearing said he wasn’t convinced the officer was either remorseful or accepted his decision, and he called Wasylyshen’s use of excessive force “offensive” and an “embarrassment to policing.”

”We don’t’ believe he should have been promoted, let alone still working as a police officer,” said Bouchier. “He lowers the standards .. of integrity.”

Elder Taz Bouchier says many in the aboriginal community feel the officer cannot be trusted, following bis suspension for Tasering a youth eight times in just over a minute in 2002.

Elder Taz Bouchier says many in the aboriginal community feel the officer cannot be trusted, following bis suspension for Tasering a youth eight times in just over a minute in 2002.

Bouchier led a similar protest on Dec. 8 after news of the promotion broke.  Police officials later joined a healing circle with some of those opposed to the promotion. But Bouchier said that she was left feeling the protester’s concerns were ignored and that Wasylyshen hasn’t made proper amends for his past.

“I have no confidence that he is a changed man.”

Bouchier said Wasylyshen’s promotion undermines the public’s confidence in its police force, particularly among the aboriginal community.

“I grew up here. I had a tremendous trust in the Edmonton city police. In the past.”

Blake Hamer, who helped organize the rally, called the promotion hypocritical; he asked how the EPS can promote an officer with Wasylyshen’s past, while rejecting new applicants who have a criminal record.

“He’s supposed to be a role model for other cops. I think it’s a problem, because there’s a lot of really good cops out there,” Hamer said.

“I don’t see why we need to go to someone who has a criminal record and a history of violence towards the most vulnerable members of our society.”

When originally asked about the promotion, EPS Chief Rod Knecht said Wasylyshen’s past was taken into consideration when the decision was made. He said the officer has had an unblemished record since the conviction.

“For some folks, that won’t make any difference, but … when is there a time to forgive? Is it three years later, five years later, 10 years later? I don’t know. I don’t have the answer to that, but I can tell you that we had considerable debate around this issues,” he told CBC News.

Still, Bouchier thinks the damage done can’t be undone while Wasylyshen is still on the force.

“If the city wants to send a message loud and clear about the police force, fire Mike.”

Police identify Native American man shot and killed by Rapid City officer

By Black Powder | Red Power Media

24 hours after a Police brutality protest in Rapid City a police officer shot and killed a Native American man inside a house at the Lakota Community Homes.

Rapid City Police have identified the man killed Saturday night as Allen Locke, 30, of Rapid City.

At this time, police believe Locke was shot up to five times.

Alan Locke was shot by RCPD cop in Lakota homes. Photo: Facebook

Alan Locke was shot by RCPD cop in Lakota homes. Photo: Facebook

Police said Locke, had ties to the subdivision, but would not elaborate on what those ties were.

An officer was called to the scene to remove a person from a residence at 541 Paha Sapa Road at about 6:10 p.m. according to a press release from the Rapid City Police Department.

Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom, who was on the scene for the post-shooting investigation, said the officer, Anthony Meirose, fired his gun after Locke allegedly charged at the officer with a knife.

Locke was pronounced dead at the scene.


Meirose and the occupants of the residence were uninjured.

Meirose joined the Rapid City Police Department in 2013. He is on administrative leave pending an investigation by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.

The Rapid City Police Department asked DCI and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office to conduct the investigation into the shooting, according to the news release.

Several other occupants who were inside the home at the time of the shooting and were interviewed at the Public Safety Building.

The shooting occurred one day after approximately 100 people, including Allen Locke, attended the #NativeLivesMatter Anti-Police Brutality Rally and March in downtown Rapid City to raise awareness of tension between Native Americans and police.

Catherine Grey Day addresses police at the #NativeLivesMatter march & rally, her son Luke GhostBear was murdered by Rapid City PD.  Photo; Facebook

Catherine Grey Day addresses police at the #NativeLivesMatter march & rally, her son Luke GhostBear was murdered by Rapid City PD. Photo; Facebook

Locke’s family issued the following statement on Sunday:

In light of the recent tragic events that have transpired at Lakota Homes and that have claimed the life of our son, brother, father, partner, grandson, uncle and loved one, we feel it imperative to issue a public statement asking the Rapid City and Native community at-large to bear with us as we grieve our loss and make arrangements for our loved one.

We genuinely appreciate the prayer vigils and ceremony circles that are being organized in Allen’s memory; this is a crucial time for our family as Allen is making his spirit journey.

We feel the community’s hurt; we know you are angry, we know you are sad and we know everyone is on edge as a result of Allen’s violent death coming off the heals of his participation in the #NativeLivesMatter Anti-Police Brutality Rally and March a day before this horrific incident. There are many details that we will share in time but we are trying very hard to hold it together and to be strong and peaceful in order to send our loved one off and to give our children an appropriate holiday’s memory.

We ask that everyone respect the families privacy at this time. There are critical issues currently pending including an autopsy, internal investigation, a meeting with the Mayor and Rapid City Police Chief and a prayer gathering outside the mayor’s office during that meeting at 10am MST, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014.

Allen was many things to many people and he would want us to remain peaceful and prayerful during this most trying time for our family. Again, we sincerely appreciate all the love, feelings, prayers and energy that you are sending our way. This makes the difference and it is our hope that we can end this violence against our Native people here in Rapid City. Allen was a Sun Dancer and we want all prayer families, medicine men, spiritual leaders and sundancers to come and pray for our family and to keep Allen and his loved ones in your prayers.

Ferguson Offers Hope To Family Of Unarmed Native Man Killed By Police

Officials investigate at the scene of an officer involved shooting in the foothills east of Kanosh, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

Cory Kanosh, pictured at Kanosh Band of Paiute Tribe Reservation, was killed by police, Oct. 15, 2012.


Family of Corey Kanosh said they hope spotlight on police brutality will help restart wrongful death case

Nationwide protests over police brutality and racism in the U.S. justice system after the killings of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York have breathed new life into a case involving the police shooting of an unarmed Native American man in Utah.

Corey Kanosh, a 35-year-old member of the Knosh band of the Pauite tribe, was killed during an incident in which it is unclear whether a crime was even committed. A policeman fatally shot Kanosh after a high-speed car chase on Oct. 15, 2012, in Millard County, about 150 miles south of Salt Lake City.

His family says the officer shot Kanosh just seconds after arriving on the scene; law enforcement officials dispute that account, saying the shooting took place after a struggle.

An investigation by the sheriff’s office in nearby Utah County found that Millard County Sheriff’s Deputy Dale Josse was justified in the shooting, reaching that conclusion a day after Kanosh’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Dec. 13, 2012.

Despite the decision, family members vowed to continue their lawsuit but say that they do not have enough funds to continue pursuing the case. “We have a good, strong case … but there’s a time limit for a wrongful death lawsuit,” she said. “We’re still hopeful someone will hear the story and want to represent us.”

Kanosh was the grandson of a chief and was well known for his traditional Native American artwork. He was also a champion traditional dancer and a Paiute “Salt Song” singer who performed traditional songs for those who had passed away.

A little over two years ago, Kanosh and his friend Dana Harnes were driving in a car that belonged to Kanosh’s mother on back roads near the Kanosh Paiute Indian Reservation where he lived.

Marlena said she and her mother, Marlene Pikyavit, were worried because they believed the two had been drinking, so the women called local police for help. Officer Michael Peacock came to their home, and Marlene said he agreed to help bring the men home. “We trusted him, hoping he would do the job,” Marlene said. “But after he left the house, he called everyone else out saying he was looking for a stolen car.”

The Utah County investigation into the shooting said Pikyavit told Peacock that the men had taken the car “without permission,” and a stolen vehicle report was immediately broadcast by dispatch. Millard County Deputy Josse, who knew Kanosh from previous incidents and was aware of his criminal record, was asked to help find the vehicle.

When Josse identified the vehicle and turned on his siren, Harnes, who was driving, sped off. high-speed chase ensued. “The officer gave chase behind them and they drove all the way through the reservation, back out of the reservation, and up a dirt road into the foothills,” Marlene said.

According to the Utah County investigation’s report, Josse said Kanosh opened the passenger door and ran as Josse called for him to stop while unsuccessfully attempting to taser Kanosh. Josse said the chase took them about 200 yards from the car and estimated it lasted between one and two minutes. Kanosh then fell on his stomach, the report states, and Josse attempted to restrain him, again unsuccessfully. The deputy said Kanosh tried to fight him, and the confrontation lasted about one minute before the deputy began fearing for his life and killed Kanosh.

The investigation notes that Harnes contradicts the officers on the timing of the shooting, saying that the officer fired his weapon soon after arriving on the scene.

The Millard County Sheriff’s Department had no comment.

Marlena and her mother reject Josse’s version of the story, and argue that law enforcement failed to preserve Kanosh’s life by allegedly not allowing first responders to reach him for 45 minutes after he was shot.

“The cop and Corey had history,” Marlena said. “We believe the story is a cover-up.”

The Kanosh family has until May to restart the suit and is now pushing to raise public awareness of the case, Corey’s sister Marlena Kanosh told Al Jazeera.


Demonstrations Turn Violent: Greece’s Young Anarchists (Video)


The Cops Cracked Down on Greece’s Young Anarchists

Every year, between November 15 and 17, students, workers, and anarchists from all over Greece take over the Athens Polytechnic to commemorate the 1973 student uprising against the military junta that ruled the Mediterranean nation between the years 1967-1974.

The three-day celebration traditionally culminates in a mass protest that ends in Exarcheia, an artist neighborhood generally considered to be the spiritual home of the anarchist movement.

VICE News attended this year’s demonstration, in which protesters were met with an unprecedented level of police brutality. Greek riot police used tear gas, flash bangs, and batons against protesters till the early hours, in what appeared to be a complete crackdown on any form of civil disobedience.

Anti-Police Brutality March for Lana Sinclair Takes Over Streets of Winnipeg (Video)

Video conducted and edited by Josh Sigurdson from Winnipeg Alternative Media

By Black Powder | Red Power Media

Last Thursday evening, Winnipeggers came out in droves to support Lana Sinclair who was brutally attacked by a police officer for no reason in front of her 8 year old son.

With her face still bruised, she marched with many Winnipeggers in the streets against police brutality.

As protesters took over Main st and Portage ave, one activist can be heard yelling: “Look at her face, what the f**k! and you get paid to do this shit?” to which a Winnipeg Police officer responded, “We get paid very well!”

The comment itself shows the mentality of some officers within the Winnipeg police service.

Halloween night turned into a real nightmare for a Winnipeg woman after police showed up and beat her in her own home in front of her 8-year-old son.

Halloween night turned into a real nightmare for a Winnipeg woman after police showed up and beat her in her own home in front of her 8-year-old son.

Lana Sinclair has filed a formal complaint with the Law Enforcement Review Agency, stating that a Winnipeg police officer assaulted her on Halloween night.

Sinclair says that a misunderstanding over an incident led to a police officer severely overreacting.

Officers showed up at Sinclair’s home on Halloween after someone called to report yelling, but Sinclair says she was only trying to hurry her son to go trick-or-treating, according to CBC News.

“He came up to me and poked me,” Sinclair said. “I was sitting on a chair in the kitchen and I jumped up and said you don’t need to touch me.”

Sinclair says the officer then pulled out his baton.

“He hit me here,” Sinclair said, referring to her forearms, which she said she held up to defend herself. “And he hit me here and then I fell on the floor,” she said, pointing to her knees.

“He had my arm behind me and he smashed my face right here,” Sinclair said, pointing to the sewing table she keeps in her living room for her work as a designer who makes clothes, jewelry and art pieces.

Sinclair says that is when she was handcuffed and stood up. At that point, her feet were kicked out from under her and she fell to the ground landing on her face.

“We [my son and I] were both traumatized,” she said. “I just hug him and kiss him and tell him it’s okay.”

“All I was thinking of was his safety, and how he was going to be traumatized and how he is going to see the police now,” she said.

Eventually an ambulance was called and Sinclair was taken to Victoria hospital to be treated for her injuries.

She was then taken to the police station where Sinclair says the sergeant on duty was furious at his officers after she told him what happened.

Rally for Lana A. Sinclair To End Police Brutality. Photo: Tara Laquette‎/Facebook

Rally for Lana A. Sinclair To End Police Brutality. Photo: Tara Laquette‎/Facebook