Julien Gignac // Amnesty calls for independent probe into OPP treatment of #Mohawk protesters

Amnesty calls for independent probe into OPP treatment of Mohawk protesters | The Star – Amnesty wants an inquiry to determine if officers used the cuffs to inflict pain and suffering, Craig Benjamin, Indigenous rights campaigner for Amnesty International Canada, told the Star.
“If the cuffs were used for any of these purposes, there needs to be consideration whether there should be criminal charges,” he said.
Plastic cuffs are dangerous because they can continue to tighten after they have been applied to prisoners’ wrists, according to a 2012 independent review of police actions at the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto. “In all cases, handcuffs should be removed from prisoners who have been searched and lodged in cells unless there is good reason to continue their use,” said that report, by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director.
Benjamin said the OPP’s response to the 2008 protest was a test case for the landmark Ipperwash Inquiry into the 1995 shooting death of an Indigenous protester by a police sniper.
The scale of the OPP response and use of plastic cuffs on the Indigenous men raises “obvious concerns that they may have been victims of the kind of institutionalized racial bias documented in the Ipperwash Inquiry,” Amnesty wrote in a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne earlier this year, calling for an independent investigation.

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