RCMP to Review Actions Dismantling Wet'suwet'en Checkpoint South of Houston

The Canadian Press and John Crawford

The RCMP will review the actions of its officers who arrested 14 people at a Wet'suwet'en checkpoint on a forestry road south of Houston.
The Mounties enforced a court injunction last Monday (Jan 7), allowing Coastal GasLink workers and contractors access to a work site where a natural gas pipeline is planned.
Assistant commissioner Eric Stubbs says the situation was challenging and emotional, and he alleges the protesters' actions toward police ranged from passive resistance to ``actual assaultive behaviour.''

He says one person secured themselves to a barricade, while two others attached themselves to the underside of a bus that was blocking access to a bridge and another was suspended in a hammock from the bridge.


Stubbs says officers had to prepare for anything that might happen.

"This is an area that's very remote, it's an area that has a number of people that could swell from 10 to 100 -- there's a lot of unknowns, so we have to be ready to make sure that we can react to what is presented to us," he said.
Stubbs says he understands there are concerns about the RCMP's actions and its review will produce recommendations to address any issues, though he says none have been found yet.

"I also understand that there are some concerns surrounding our actions on January 7th; as with any major operation, we will be conducting an after-action review that will produce recommendations to address any issues or concerns and identify the areas of our operation that went well," he said.
The RCMP reached an agreement with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs last Thursday to allow Coastal GasLink workers across the bridge, and Stubbs says the Mounties will bring in a temporary detachment to the area.


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