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Officers charged in alleged abandonment


The Globe and Mail; With a report from Canadian Press
Wednesday, April 12, 2000
Saskatoon, SK

Two Saskatoon police officers accused of leaving an aboriginal man coatless on the outskirts of the city in midwinter have been charged with unlawful confinement and assault.

Constables Dan Hatchen and Ken Munson of the Saskatoon Police Service were charged yesterday, said Sergeant Rick Wychreschuk, spokesman for the RCMP task force investigating both that incident and the deaths of five aboriginal men whose bodies were found in and around Saskatoon since 1990.

Darrell Night alleged that police drove him to a power station at the edge of town in late January, took his jacket and told him never to return to the city.

Mr. Night managed to walk to the nearby power plant, where a night watchman came to his aid.

His allegations led to the suspension of the two officers and triggered the investigation into the deaths of the other five men. The officers have refused to speak publicly about the allegations. But Constable Munson has said the two certainly have their side of the story to tell.

The RCMP said unlawful confinement carries a maximum sentence upon conviction of 10 years in prison, while assault carries a maximum five-year sentence.

Sgt. Wychreschuk said the two suspended officers surrendered to the RCMP yesterday and were released on their own recognizance to await a court appearance on May 3.

Saskatchewan's Justice Department reviewed the evidence in the Night case before the charges were laid.

Sgt. Wychreschuk said the probe into the other five incidents is continuing.

After Mr. Night's allegations were made public, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and RCMP were flooded with calls about other problems aboriginal people have had with police.

The federation said the allegations shook aboriginal people's faith in the justice system.

The frozen bodies of Rodney Naistus, 25, and Lawrence Wegner, 30, were found on Jan. 29 and Feb. 3 in the same area where Mr. Night alleges he was dumped.

The RCMP task force is also looking into the 1990 death of Neil Stonechild, who was found dead of exposure in Saskatoon's north industrial area, and the deaths of Lloyd Joseph Dustyhorn and D'Arcy Dean Ironchild.

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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