[Hpn] Trial of Saskatoon police officers for abandoning Native men
in dead of winter
in dead of winter
Tue, 22 Aug 2000 12:19:34 -0400
Protesters ready for Saskatoon police trial
WebPosted Tue Aug 22 00:40:07 2000
SASKATOON - Two veteran police constables in Saskatoon are preparing for a
controversial court case. Ken Munson and Dan Hatchen are accused of
abandoning a native man, Darrell Night, on the outskirts of the city in the
dead of winter.
The case has sparked allegations by many aboriginal people of violence and
racism in the police force.
Maria Shupenia was one of the demonstrators in front of the court house on
Monday carrying a banner she said represented the blood on the hands of the
people responsible for leaving three aboriginal men near a power plant last
Two of the three men were found frozen to death. The other man, Darrel
Night, managed to get help.
"This is something we can't let go," Shupenia said. "It's not just an
aboriginal issue, this is part of the whole community and we need to stand
up for people who have less of a voice."
Night complained that two Saskatoon police officers picked him up in the
city, drove him to the outskirts of town and left him in freezing
Constables Hatchen and Munson have been charged with assault and unlawful
The preliminary hearings for the two police officers are scheduled to begin
in about three weeks. On Monday, the officers' lawyers were in court,
laying out the groundwork for the hearings.
Both Hatchen and Munson were suspended after the charges were laid.
Saskatoon chief of police Dave Scott says they'll remain off duty, for the
time being at least.
"I will wait until the evidence is produced at both preliminary hearings
before I make any further decision – using common sense and what's
reasonable in law," said Scott.
Munson and Hatchen have been put back on the payroll. The Saskatchewan
police commission ruled last Friday they deserve to be paid, because the
two officers have been co-operative and honest throughout the investigation.