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Lawyer argues RCMP violated Chief Adam's Charter rights

Last Updated Jun 14, 2020 at 9:31 pm MDT

Fort McMurray Court House. MYMCMURRAY/Phil Wood

Chief Allan Adam’s counsel asked the provincial court for a stay of his criminal charges relating from his arrest by RCMP in March.

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Lawyer Brian Beresh said his team filed the motion on June 11, 2020.

He added the charges were a result of infringements of his client’s rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“In support of the motion, the police video and police photographs of Mr Adam were filed as exhibits. These are now matters of public record.”

Referring to the police video, Beresh said his team will move forward with its case.

“It is now clear why the RCMP refused to release the police video to the public.¬†All of this resulted from an expired license plate tag. It is clear that the RCMP needs to suspend the officers involved in Chief Adam’s assault and refer to provincial crown counsel for criminal charges.”

Wood Buffalo RCMP charged Chief Allan Adam with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

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His next scheduled court date is July 2, 2020.

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