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RSS FeedsVideo shows officers punching and kicking this Inuit man on three separate occasions. Advocates warn his case is part of a trend
(The Star Food)


9 august 2018 20:29:34

Video shows officers punching and kicking this Inuit man on three separate occasions. Advocates warn his case is part of a trend
(The Star Food)

After a flurry of punches and a sharp kick from the two Mounties, Bernard Naulalik lies on the concrete floor of jail cell No. 3. One officer removes Naulalik’s clothes while the second pushes Naulalik’s face into the floor and kneels on his back. Naulalik’s hands are restrained behind his back. A pool of blood spreads beside his face.A Mountie lifts his hand from Naulalik’s head, closes his fist and throws a punch into the prone prisoner’s face.This is not Naulalik’s first night in the Iqaluit, Nunavut, RCMP detachment. He is “well known to police” and has been arrested more times than he can count. One night when he was 13, blackout drunk and carrying a knife, Naulalik said he found himself in the home of one of the men who eight years earlier had set him on fire.It is June 6, 2016. Naulalik, then 25, is wearing a jersey and sweatpants as one Mountie bears down on his head while wrenching Naulalik’s twisted wrist and straightened arm behind his back. The other officer strips Naulalik down to his underwear, tank top and socks, then removes the sleeping mat from the concrete bench.This is one of three incidents since 2014, all captured on jailhouse video, in which Naulalik ends up in a holding cell and outmanned by larger officers, pummeled by fists, knees and boots, often while he is restrained.He filed an official complaint after the first incident. And when two more jail cell beatings followed, Naulalik came to believe the RCMP in Iqaluit had targeted him for speaking out.“They could’ve done something better to not use so much force,” said Naulalik, whose first language is Inuktitut.Naulalik’s case is one of about 30 incidents in which Inuit allege they sustained injuries during their arrest or detention by the Nunavut RCMP, according to Nunavut’s legal aid agency. The agency flagged the alleged trend in excessive force in communications with the government and RCMP that the S ...
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