The pinnacle of the nation’s most influential First Nations group is looking for the Alberta RCMP to droop the officer who tackled Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam throughout a violent arrest in March. 

Meeting of First Nations Nationwide Chief Perry Bellegarde mentioned in an announcement Thursday that the RCMP ought to droop Const. Simon Seguin till the province’s police watchdog, the Alberta Critical Incident Response Crew, concludes its investigation into Adam’s March 10 arrest. 

“I’ve constantly mentioned there have to be a zero-tolerance coverage for extreme use of pressure by police, which is beneath investigation right now,” Bellegarde mentioned within the assertion. 

“The information that Constable Simon Seguin remains to be on energetic responsibility is unacceptable. The RCMP ought to droop the officer…. First Nations see the assault on Chief Allan Adam as unprovoked and unforgivable. To re-establish belief, the RCMP should handle incidents of brutality head on.”

A photograph of the accidents sustained by Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam as proven within the affadavit filed within the Court docket of Queen’s Bench of Alberta on June 11, 2020. (Court docket exhibit)

Seguin at present stays on responsibility. The officer can also be going through a Sept. 30 trial on fees of assault, mischief and unlawfully being in a dwelling home stemming from an incident on Aug. 5, 2019.

An RCMP code of conduct listening to into that incident was held on March 26, 16 days after Seguin tackled Adam. Seguin was given a one-day suspension for the mischief allegation and obtained a letter of reprimand in his file for the assault allegation. 

Seguin, 31, was seen on an RCMP dashcam video tackling Adam through the violent arrest in March. The video exhibits the officer taking the chief to the bottom with out warning, punching him within the head and placing him in a chokehold.

On Wednesday, the Crown dropped fees in opposition to Adam of resisting arrest and assaulting a peace officer.

Alberta RCMP didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. 

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