RCMP Burst Into Sleeping Indigenous Man's House, Break His Bones and Force Him Out Naked
All charges have been dropped against a man from the Siksika First Nation, southeast of Calgary, who suffered broken facial bones during a violent RCMP arrest last year.
Christian Duck Chief, 24, faced charges including assaulting a peace officer and resisting arrest stemming from an incident on April 1, 2016 when officers entered his home, broke at least four bones in his head and face during an arrest, and then walked him naked through their detachment.
His lawyer, Dale Fedorchuk, maintained the use of force was excessive and that the officers were in Duck Chief's home without a warrant, "violating his privacy and his dignity."
Prosecutor Ron Pedersen stayed Duck Chief's charges in Provincial Court in Siksika on Thursday, but did not explain why.
Duck Chief is "very happy that this matter is now over. He's happy to put it behind him," Fedorchuk told CBC News.
Woken from deep sleep
Duck Chief and his wife, Chantel Stonechild, previously told CBC they were sleeping in their home on the Siksika First Nation when RCMP officers from the Gleichen detachment entered at around 6 a.m.
Duck Chief initially resisted the officers, they said, because he'd woken from a deep sleep and didn't realize the people in his home were police.
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