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Available Expert - Fourteen arrested as RCMP breach checkpoint erected by the Wet'suwet'en First Nation

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Queen’s University expert Miles Howe is available to comment on the RCMP breaching a checkpoint that was erected to keep workers away from the construction site for the TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. $4.7-billion, 670-kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline, which will deliver natural gas from Dawson Creek to a planned LNG Canada facility near Kitimat.

Howe’s current research focus is the use of policing tactics in Canada, particularly as it relates to Indigenous protest events. He recently had a paper published in the Canadian Journal of Sociology focusing on RCMP strategy and Indigenous protests.

“RCMP operational documents show that they are well aware of the power of images and videos towards shaping public opinion, and that nothing erodes the public faith in the legitimacy of law enforcement more than images of police acting violently,” says Howe. “The creation of exclusion zones, whereby media has been denied access towards witnessing and reporting first-hand on RCMP raids of peaceful encampments, means that the Canadian public at large should now be expected to swallow wholesale the RCMP's narrative of events.”

Howe is monitoring the situation and can comment as the situation evolves.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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