Trudeau accused of ‘humiliating’ RCMP by kneeling at anti-racism protest

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (2nd L) takes a knee during in a Black Lives Matter protest on Parliament Hill June 5, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. DAVE CHAN/AFP

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been accused of “humiliating” RCMP officers by kneeling at a Black Lives Matter protest.

Gilles Favreau, the retired deputy commissioner of operations for the RCMP, said Trudeau, protected since infancy by the RCMP, should be embarrassed.
The attack comes after Trudeau took a knee as a part of a crowd gathered on Parliament Hill in June in solidarity with anti-racism demonstrators protesting police killings of Black people.

Social activists have already accused Trudeau of creating a “hollow gesture.”

In a statement posted to the RCMP Veterans’ Association website, Favreau wrote, “Mister Prime Minister and every one members of Parliament who attempt to gain political points on the rear of the RCMP members should show some discomfort and embarrassment. In fact, they ought to have requested for explanations, valid and dependable statistics before identifying our members as racist and by doing so, humiliating us by kneeling down as if demanding pardon for our renowned organization who has served our country with honor, integrity and devotion for the last 147 years.”
Favreau’s statement said Trudeau should show more respect for the RCMP.

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“You, that we’ve protected since your infancy, would need to lead us to believe that you simply are more familiar with the RCMP than your recent statement depicts, especially supported your personal experience on what percentage RCMP members that you simply have met are considered racist,” said Favreau. “Your manner to conclude that the RCMP is systematic racist is predicated on myth instead of true facts.”

James Forrest, the director of communications at the RCMP Veterans’ Association, also said calls to defund the RCMP wouldn’t work.

“I don’t think defunding the RCMP does anybody any favours, because what you’re saying is reducing police services,” said Forrest. “I think what should be done is identifying what areas people think are causing unhappiness along the lines of racism and let’s see what might be done.”

British Columbia Senator Bev Busson, the primary female commissioner of the RCMP, previously issued a press release supporting the police .

“I am calling on each Canadian to recollect the courage and dedication of our cops ,” said Busson’s statement. “Not two months ago we were celebrating these first responders, who were coming to figure to guard us, risking their own health which of their families so as to try to to their duty. Are we so convinced the actions of a couple of , who have yet to be afforded the proper of due process of law , colors or describes the entire profession?”