A video is available online showing the tense moment of the enforcement of the RCMP injunction at the checkpoint at Wetswetten last Friday.
RCMP is subject to B.C. implementation. Supreme Court injunction to prevent people from interfering with or hindering the construction of natural gas pipelines through traditional areas of Wetswetter.
Denzel Sutherland Wilson, a 23-year-old Giksan man who recorded most of the footage, said the scenes recorded in the video were first arrived by police to enforce an injunction against him and several friends, including Yvessan A few hours later, she said that the daughter of the patriarch of the territory, Wu.
The video was filmed on February 7, the second day of the RCMP. This resulted in the arrest of Sutherland-Wilson at the Gidimt’en checkpoint at 44 km on the Morice West Forest Service Road.
The Gidimen checkpoint is one of several sites where Wetswett and its supporters live, asserting that no one can pass the checkpoint without the consent of the gene length.
Wednesday was posted on the Gidemten checkpoint Facebook page.
Much of the video was filmed while Sutherland Wilson stood on a wooden tower built on a yellow school bus surrounded by RCMPs, including a tactical police with a dog unit and a semi-automatic gun. Was.
This camera pans to show that members of the RCMP tactical team stand behind the inverted vehicle, stabilize the scoped rifle and lock it in the direction of Sutherland Wilson.
You can then hear Sutherland Wilson appeal to the police: “You don’t need to point your gun, you don’t.”
“Don’t point your gun at me.”
Warning: Video contains images that are offensive to some viewers
There is almost a moment of silence during his plea, and members of the tactical team can see a slight shift in his position, but still focus on Sutherland Wilson in the direction of his gun. I match.
At some point in the video, long-time wet-suit supporter Ann Spice can be heard shouting, “We are not armed, we are peaceful.”
In an e-mail statement to the CBC, media official Cpl. Chris Mansaw said, “ We understand that the RCMP can put the most prominent moments of our enforcement efforts out of context, our efforts are complex and involve multiple specialized units and personnel. “
RCMP says rifle was not aimed at anyone
The RCMP stated that the rifle was not aimed at anyone at the checkpoint for the day.
A tactical member of the unit seen in the video said, “We are using a riflescope as a magnifier in a manner consistent with police training.”
The statement states that certain tactical members “was tasked to provide surveillance.”
Journalist Jerome Turner, who reported from the enforcement scene at the Gidemten checkpoint, also reported that he had seen a tactical officer aiming the rifle in his direction.
In the story he wrote for RicochetTurner said, “This is my first time and I don’t want to have that feeling again.”
“He was aiming for me”
Regarding Sutherland-Wilson’s experience, I am not convinced in the video that the police did not point the rifle at him during the exchange.
“He aimed at me, even if he was a few centimeters away.”
He also wonders why it was enforced for hours and was experiencing that level of threat.
“By the time he did, there were already officers surrounding us.”
The RCMP stated in a statement to CBC News that the role of tactical members seen in the video was to “ensure that no deadly threats existed” when police entered.
Police said tactical members’ “surveillance” was “used to secure the area in order to advance arrest. Among police concerns were hunting rifles in the area.” There was concern, but in these tense situations that said it could pose a threat to police. ”
“As can be seen in the video, there are many members under this dangerous structure, and they are very susceptible to not only threats from firearms, but also objects that may have been thrown from above. Observations are mandatory and observers are few members of the field who can make these observations. “
Sutherland Wilson said, “We couldn’t show us what kind of firearms or threats to their security, and we couldn’t be in a more open place.”
Overall, Sutherland-Wilson argued that the description of the RCMP event seemed “ridiculous,” and police blamed “trying to pass on this unnecessary threat to our lives.”
The RCMP concluded its statement to the CBC, pointing out that no one was injured during the day’s enforcement, stating that it happened safely and with minimal force when people were finally arrested.
Sutherland-Wilson and three others were arrested at a checkpoint in Gidimen that day after a one-hour confrontation with police. They were arrested for violating an injunction of the coastal Gaslink Court and were held in prison three nights before being released.
He said he thought he would be arrested that day but was not ready to face a potentially fatal outcome.
“The cop tried aiming his gun at me, but he had all the power to do it, but it was pretty messed up.”
The 22,000 sq km of Wetswettern area is divided into five clans and thirteen house groups, each clan or house group governing the use of its own territory. Some clans support pipeline projects, while others do not.
The RCMP stated in a statement: “I hope our actions are valued as a whole and that the need for future enforcement is no longer necessary.”