Myth or reality
The recent allegations by Evan Maud that he was picked up by police and driven to the outskirts of Winnipeg, deprived of some of his clothing, threatened with a Taser and then abandoned, have the potential of setting back relations between the Winnipeg police and the Aboriginal community all the way to the J. J. Harper era.
Since the incidents of police in Saskatoon driving young aboriginal males outside the city and abandoning them first came to light, there have been on going rumours about the same thing having happened in Winnipeg.
When aboriginal people say to each other or their leaders ‘that happened to me’ but fail to come forward and file a formal complaint, they perpetuate what is either a myth or a very serious problem. If if did not happen, then the Winnipeg Police Service and its members are being maligned; if it did happen, heads should roll.
I have only one word of advice for Evan Maud his family, and the aboriginal leaders who are advising him: Make a formal report and do it now. And I don’t want to hear any nonsense about not trusting the police or the process. In a high-profile case such as this, if the matter is reported it will be properly investigated.
If the matter is submitted for investigation there are basically three possible outcomes: Either Maud was picked up by Winnipeg Police officers; picked up by men posing as Winnipeg police officers; or, it did not happen.
Either way the matter needs to be investigated, and appropriate action needs to follow.