For years the so-called leaders of Manitoba's aboriginals have tried to anoint some doped-up, blind-drunk, gang-allied or suicidal member of Reserve X, Y or Z as a champion for getting killed while confronting police.
Chief This, Grand Chief That and Superchief Whatsis could always be counted on to declare shrilly that the police had murdered the newly deceased, who, of course, was blameless, pure, and would be greatly missed because he always made people laugh.
It was, they would say, proof of how The Man is prejudiced against the irreproachable aboriginals who-- allegedly-- try to shoot, stab, drive into or drive over police officers.
But year-after-year the anti-police hate campaign failed to gain traction once the facts of each case proved that the police officers acted properly under the circumstances.
So you can imagine how giddy the aboriginal leaders must have been last week when the RCMP announced that a guard at Headingley Jail had been charged following the death of an inmate 11 months ago. It wasn't a police officer, but it would have to do.
The charges involved William Ahmo, 45, who died in hospital 7 days after being restrained following a lengthy standoff with guards at the jail. Ahmo's arrest record includes beating up a woman, threatening a woman with a gun, flashing a gun in a bar, forcible confinement, sexual assault, and more than 20 firearms-related charges. He was being held at Headingley jail pending court on charges of aggravated assault and robbery in December, 2020.
He was, according to a statement issued Monday by the Southern Chiefs Organization, "a beloved member of the Sagkeeng Anicinabe First Nation."
In the midst of celebrating the charging of the guard, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas praised the RCMP for their "innovative investigation".
None of the MSM "journalists" heard the slip or at least none bothered to follow up the strange comment. So a standard investigation failed to elicit the evidence to lay a charge leaving the RCMP to resort to "innovative" techniques?
The last time we heard of "innovative" policing was when the Winnipeg police tried to railroad a suspect in the death of Tina Fontaine. For six months they had undercover officers pretend to be neighbours of the suspect so they could trick him into saying something incriminating that would be taped and used to convict him. The operation, called Project Styx, was a total failure when six months later they had bupkis. They still charged him, but the jury saw right through the "innovative" investigation and returned a not guilty verdict after a day of deliberations.
While Dumas may have exposed a secret of the prosecution of the Headingley jail guard Robert Morden, it was another aboriginal cheerleader who exposed the truth of it.
Niigaan Sinclair's screeds run in the Winnipeg Free Press. He was attacking the RCMP as usual following the announcement of the charges when he let the proverbial cat out of the bag.
"Morden's trial is going to be political, with dozens of historical intersections at once. It will be about theatrics, persuasion, and well, politics."
In short, the prosecution of Robert Morden is political, not criminal. Morden is to be the sacrificial lamb to appease the mob, innovative investigation and all.
"If Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley can be found not-guilty for shooting 22-year old Indigenous man Colten Boushie in the back of the head because a jury believed the gun went off “accidentally,” it doesn’t really matter how much evidence police have collected." he wrote.
Evidence be damned, then. Sinclair was saying the prosecution of the guard will become a circus, with a howling mob outside demanding the accused be convicted regardless of the facts of the case, while inside the justice establishment will try to conduct a civilized trial based on centuries of jurisprudence centered on the principle that the accused is innocent until proven guilty by the state beyond a reasonable doubt.
Sinclair's contempt for the jury in the Saskatchewan case shows the kind of "justice" that aboriginal leaders like him want to see.
But, perhaps, he doesn't know the evidence in the Bouchie case (or he's hoping you don't).
Court was told the accused in the case was awakened in the middle of the night by a carload of thieves looking for something to steal on his farm. The occupants were rip-roaring drunk, with one admitting at trial he had had 30 shots of liquor that day. They were in a stolen car with the driver's side tire missing and the car being driven on the rim. They had a rifle in the car, which turned out to be damaged when they used it to smash the window of another farmer's car that they had intended to steal. When confronted, they drove away so recklessly that the accused farmer thought they might run over his wife, so he used his handgun to scare the driver into stopping. While holding the gun, it went off accidentally, something firearms experts at trial said was a possibility with that type of firearm.
"I know certain details in this (Ahmo) case," Sinclair teased, hinting he knew things he couldn't reveal yet.
Well, we know certain details, too. And we're going to reveal them.
Two weeks after Ahmo's unfortunate demise, a local website called news4Winnipeg was provided exclusive details of what transpired at Headingley jail. We have since heard from a second source who corroborated many of the details in the original leak.
Here's the story, which we are presenting exactly as it first appeared.
Ahmo had come into the correction system most recently after his arrest in January 2021. He spent approximately 10 days at the Winnipeg Remand Centre before being transferred to Headingley Correctional Centre.
An unconfirmed report indicated that prior to his arrest Ahmo had spent several days under the influence of methamphetamines and was subject to violent episodes.
Around 10:00 am on Sunday, February 7, 2021, Ahmo was in a sub-unit off the rotunda area when he was approached by a staff member to return to his cell.
Ahmo allegedly took exception to the request and “went off” on the staff member. “He began to break the televisions, ripped a hot water tank off the wall and became belligerent. He then grabbed a broom handle and snapped it in two, using it as a weapon,” said the source. “It became apparent that he was having a mental health crisis but apart from talking little could be done while he was armed.”
According to the source attempts were made to de-escalate the situation but Ahmo was too agitated to respond to the requests.
Shortly after Ahmo improvised the weapon, one staff member was taken hostage for a short time inside an office but was able to slip away when Ahmo was distracted.
After nearly three hours the situation continued to escalate and Ahmo became more aggressive and belligerent. Members of the Manitoba Corrections Emergency Response Unit (CERU) were called in. “The team is highly trained to deal specifically with these types of situations.”
When the team arrived Ahmo was on the second tier of the unit. OC gas (pepper spray) was deployed in an effort to keep him on the upper tier.
According to the source, during this time multiple attempts were made to negotiate a successful outcome with Ahmo without success.
CERU learned that earlier use of OC pepper spray was causing medical distress for other inmates and they were forced to end the incident quickly.
At that point CERU was seen using a device that emits a bright light and loud bang to distract the inmate but Ahmo was seen walking towards it when it went off knocking him to the ground.
According to the source, Ahmo was back on his feet in seconds, charging the CERU line and swinging the broom sticks. Officers with arm shields were able to stave off the attack while other officers surrounded Ahmo and wrestled him to the ground.
News 4 was told Ahmo was seen continuing to fight with the CERU members while hand cuffs and leg restraints were put on. “He was strong and kept fighting even after the restraints were on so he had to be put in a restraint chair.”
After Ahmo was placed in the chair he became unresponsive. He was immediately removed from the chair and his handcuffs and leg restraints were removed so medical personnel, already on scene, could provide assistance.
Ahmo was then transported to Health Sciences Centre for further treatment.
It’s been 213 days (as of Jan. 29) since a mob of aboriginal protestors tore down two historical statues on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature in the worst case of vandalism and anarchy in Winnipeg in living memory. The wanton destruction took place as dozens of police watched and did nothing. Not a single arrest has been made or charge laid.
Published since 2005 on territory ceded, released, surrendered and yielded up to Her Majesty the Queen and successors forever by the aboriginal signatories to treaties in 1871.