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Inquiry into native-deaths leads to probe of Mounties


The Globe and Mail
Saturday, March 25, 2000
Saskatoon, SK

An RCMP investigation of allegations that Saskatoon police may have dumped native men outside town to freeze has led to a broader investigation of complaints against Mounties.

Sergeant Rick Wychreschuk said last night that the RCMP has received three complaints of abandonment, a term applied to cases in which someone is left where he or she does do not want to be.

All three date back at least a decade, he said. "I just have some details of one where it's alleged that RCMP officers may have taken a person and left him outside a town. That one dates back 20 years."

He would not name the town but confirmed that "in the one case, yes, it was winter." He said he did not know what happened to the man. "Right now I don't have those details. It's under investigation."

Sgt. Wychreschuk, who is based in Regina, was designated to speak for 13 investigators looking into at least 25 complaints of misconduct by Mounties in Saskatchewan. He could provide no details of the two other abandonment complaints.

He said the investigation was launched this month when complaints against Mounties began turn up on a toll-free line established by an RCMP task force investigating the Saskatoon allegations.

That task force, 19 investigators at its peak, was assigned to look into the deaths of five native men and a complaint by one who did not die, Darrell Night, who said he was abandoned by Saskatoon police on the outskirts of the city in sub-zero temperatures in January without a coat and told to walk home.

Earlier this week, the task force said it had investigated Mr. Night's complaint and submitted the results to Saskatchewan prosecutors for a decision on whether charges should be laid against two Saskatoon officers, Constables Ken Munson and Dan Hatchen, now suspended from duty.

THIS STORY AT A GLANCE (Parts 1 to 9 plus related stories and links):

Photo Essay
On the beat

1. Welcome to Harlem on the Prairies
Ride along with Constables Jim Louttits and Dean Hoover as they arrest a regular

2. A city divided
Allegations of rampant police abuse and complaints from the force about the native community

3. To serve and protect
Two Saskatoon police officers find themselves caught between cultures and responsible to both

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Check out what readers had to say about Welcome to Harlem on the Prairies.
4. The Indian's cop and the cowboy
A partnership restricted to work and focused on the task at hand

5. Keeping the peace
At 3 a.m., the shift gets busy

6. The stereotypes of 20th Street
Social agencies fight against the economics of poverty
7. Division among the Chiefs
Some leaders see police as problem, others look to the system
8. Changing the face of Saskatoon's force
Recruiting natives isn't easy - they see police as 'the enemy'
9. Daylight breaks
'Policing by its very nature means force because you're making people comply'

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