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Chief Allan Adam alleges police brutality against RCMP: A timeline

Last Updated Jun 24, 2020 at 12:45 pm MDT

PHOTO. Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam stands next to an enlarged photo of his face taken after an alleged assault by members of the Wood Buffalo RCMP on March 10, 2020. MYMCMURRAY/Phil Wood.

Wood Buffalo RCMP arrested Chief Allan Adam on March 10, 2020, and charged him with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

The leader of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation alleged RCMP officers assaulted him.

Police stopped Chief Adam’s vehicle because of expired license tags on his truck.

The following is a timeline of the events:

June 6: Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Chief Allan Adam speaks about the incident at a press conference.

READ MORE: ACFN Chief Allan Adam alleges assault by RCMP officers

That same day, hundreds of residents participate in the YMM Solidarity March against systemic racism of black, Indigenous, and racialized communities.

READ MORE: Hundreds pack Jubilee Plaza for solidarity march

READ MORE: Athabasca Tribal Council supports YMM Solidarity March

June 7: Ministers in the federal government discuss Chief Adam and his allegations of police brutality against the RCMP.

READ MORE: Ministers concerned by brutality claims during Indigenous chief’s arrest

Over the course of the week, Indigenous leaders speak out in solidarity with ACFN Chief Adam.

READ MORE: FM468FN stands in solidarity with ACFN Chief Allan Adam

READ MORE: AFN Regional Chief condemns anti-black racism, draws similarities to indigenous racism in letter

June 11: Lawyer Brian Beresh files a motion for a stay of his client’s criminal charges, and the police dash-cam video becomes part of the public record.

READ MORE: Attorney argues RCMP violated Chief Adam’s Charter rights

June 12: ASIRT asked for any witnesses to come forward to assist in their investigation.

READ MORE: ASIRT looking for witnesses of violent Fort McMurray arrest

The Crown later dropped the charges against the ACFN leader on June 24, 2020.

READ MORE: Charges against Chief Allan Adam likely to be dropped