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Muskoka Post Staff
Huffington Post reported today that the case of Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation was in front of a Fort McMurray provincial court judge Wednesday when charges of resisting arrest and assaulting an RCMP officer were withdrawn by the Crown.
Earlier this month as part of a court application to clear Adam’s name RCMP dash-cam footage of his March arrest, which started as a stop for an expired licence plate, pictured the chief’s brutal arrest.
“The Crown reassessed the prosecution standard based on an examination of the available evidence including the disclosure of additional relevant material and withdrew the two charges,” Alberta Justice spokeswoman Carla Jones said in a statement.
“You know, it was just for an expired licence plate. We don’t understand the reasons why it had to escalate,” said Adam.
He also learned through a court check that one of the officers, Const. Simon Seguin, has a trial set before a provincial court judge in September on separate charges of assault, mischief and unlawfully being in a dwelling house.
“Those events, which led to charges against him, occurred on Aug. 5, 2019,” said Adam’s lawyer Brian Beresh, ”as of this date, that police officer remains on full duty, not suspended, not fired.”