Charges have been dropped against the head of a northern Alberta First Nation who was the subject of a vicious capture prior this year.
The instance of Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation was before a Fort McMurray common court judge Wednesday.
Court records show charges of opposing capture and attacking a harmony official were pulled back by the Crown.
“I thank the prosecutor for what I think is a wise and just decision,” Adam’s lawyer Brian Beresh told court.
In a news meeting later, Beresh said the Crown’s choice to drop charges approves Adam’s view that the capture was “over the top, nonsensical and outlandish.”
Adam’s March capture became questionable after the arrival of dashcam video demonstrating a RCMP official handling him to the ground.
In an announcement, Alberta Justice representative Carla Jones said the Crown pulled back the two charges subsequent to reconsidering the indictment standard dependent on an assessment of accessible proof, “counting the revelation of extra applicable material.”
The announcement said the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service “has no remark on the activities of the police.”
Prior, an anonymous RCMP source who isn’t approved to address the media affirmed that the Alberta Crown chose to drop the charges against Adam boss since they were not in the open intrigue.
Alberta’s top Crown examiner settled on the choice, the police source stated, including that the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation boss was concerned he would need to leave whenever indicted.
Adam’s case increased national consideration after dashcam video of the March 10 capture in Fort McMurray indicated a showing up official handling Adam to the ground all of a sudden, punching him in the head and placing him in a strangle hold.
In a composed articulation, the RCMP said it is the job of police to research and assemble proof, and the job of the Crown to decide if to indict.
The RCMP said it is restricted in its capacity to remark on the grounds that the record is being explored by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT).