Media Statement: NunatuKavut condemns police use of brute force on Inuk man; calls for swift disciplinary action
HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, LABRADOR, October 17, 2020 – NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) President Todd Russell today issued the following statement:
“It was extremely disturbing to watch the Facebook video of a Municipal Enforcement Officer with the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay using brute and unnecessary force in the recent arrest of an Inuk man. This outrageous behaviour is another troubling example of violence against Indigenous people and the structural racism that exists in law enforcement in Canada.
We are calling for a thorough investigation into this incident, including an in-depth review of footage from the officer’s body camera, if it exists. We are calling for appropriate and swift disciplinary action to be taken by the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
The NCC commends those who brought this video forward on social media. We are united in solidarity with those who stand against any and all forms of racism and violence.”
NCC Media Contact:
Director of Communications