Aboriginal Eyewitness to Murder of Bingo Dawson Threatened by Vancouver Police
A Special report by Kevin D. Annett
A Special report by Kevin D. Annett
Eyewitness Rick Lavallee, left, at a Vancouver Protest, 2008
Cops alleged to have beaten residential school survivor and activist to death last December
Johnny Bingo Dawson, murdered by Vancouver Police
February 10, 2011:
The sole witness to the deadly beating of a front line indigenous activist by policemen last year in Vancouver says he's been told he'll be arrested if he speaks about it.
Rick Lavallee of the Cree Nation claims that a Vancouver policeman came to his home last week and threatened to have him arrested if Rick persisted in his claim that he witnessed a group of Vancouver policemen beat activist Johnny Bingo Dawson so badly that he died two days later, on December 6, 2009.
In a videotaped interview yesterday in Vancouver, Rick recalled,
I got threatened by a police sergeant ... and he came to my place and he asked me what I knew happened about Johnny Bingo and he said he didn't believe me. Then he told me he could arrest me ... He asked me if I had any papers about Johnny Bingo and he asked me about Kevin Annett's files.
When asked about what he witnessed happen to Bingo, Rick said,
I seen four police officers beat him up behind the police station, one sergeant and some rookies. This is sickening what they're doing now to people.
Another aboriginal witness, who wishes to remain unnamed after hearing of Rick's harassment, stated today,
They said Bingo died of being drunk but I seen him the day before he died and he was sober. He was hurting too much from that beating they gave him to drink. He had front teeth missing, his shoulder was out of joint, his face was all bloody and his nose got broken. He said some cops did it to him.
The Vancouver Coroner's office took five months to issue their report on Bingo's death. Their report cites as his cause of death "alcohol withdrawal". The accompanying toxicology report, however, states that no alcohol or drugs were found in Bingo's blood.
Bingo Dawson was a targeted man. A survivor of systematic torture at Anglican and United Church residential schools, he won the hatred of local police by regularly speaking out about their brutality and racism against Indians. He also led protests and occupations of downtown Vancouver churches to demand the return of children killed in Indian residential schools.
I personally saw a Vancouver police sergeant threaten Bingo at the corner of Main and Hastings, about two months before he died. The cop said to Bingo,
"You're a fucking troublemaker and people like you go missing."
Perhaps this was the same police sergeant who recently threatened to arrest Rick Lavallee if he continues to speak about Bingo's fatal beating.
The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) has been sent copies of Rick's statement and will be asked to investigate the apparent involvement of Vancouver police in the murder of Johnny Bingo Dawson: and many other native people. More people die in police custody in Vancouver than in any city in Canada - and most of the victims are aboriginal.
ITCCS investigators will be working across Canada starting in early March to gather evidence for possible criminal indictments against policemen, church and government officials. The ITCCS de jure proceedings will commence on September 12, 2011 in London, England, coinciding with local ITCCS forums across Canada and the world.
For more information see: www.itccs.org (still under construction) and contact the ITCCS firstname.lastname@example.org
10 February 2011
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