BC RCMP Says It Deployed Snipers and Assault Teams Against Unarmed Indigenous Land Defenders Because It Was ‘More Practicable’ – Press Progress
November 23, 2021
RCMP operations in Northern BC represent an escalation of militarized policing in Canada, experts say
The BC RCMP is defending its decision to deploy military-style police tactical units – including snipers and heavily-armed assault teams – against unarmed Wet’suwet’en land defenders in Northern British Columbia, insisting it is “more practicable” to be over-prepared.
Last week, the BC RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT) raided the Wet’suwet’en Coyote Camp, which was established to defend the Wedzin Kwa (Morice River) from a pipeline being constructed by Coastal GasLink. The RCMP staged similar raids in 2019 and 2020.
In response to questions about the deployment of snipers against the unarmed Indigenous group, the BC RCMP told PressProgress the Mounties always prefer to be over-prepared.
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