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Hidden Camera Fans Mistrust In Kanesatake

FROM: THE MONTREAL GAZETTE NEWSPAPER

http://www.canada.com/montreal/montr...d=7b786cce-2a6
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Hidden Camera Fans Mistrust In Kanesatake

'It's preferable in an investigation not to divulge our methods,' Surete says

DEBBIE PARKES
The Gazette


Saturday, October 23, 2004


The discovery of a hidden Surete du Quebec surveillance camera in Kanesatake
has fanned the flames of mistrust in the Mohawk community, with some residents
speculating that provincial police and the RCMP were preparing to invade.

Such a response may appear extreme, but that doesn't surprise Patricia Gabel,
a conflict-management expert who directed a peacebuilding project in
strife-torn Kanesatake this summer.

"Because of the climate in the community, every time something new occurs,
there are extreme reactions from people on many sides," Gabel said yesterday,
carefully measuring her words. "People are deeply suspicious. Any time something
happens, this suspicion and mistrust creates a climate of fear."

In interviews yesterday, community members explained that the camera's
discovery was upsetting because SQ officer Louis Bremmer had insisted patrolling SQ
officers were not videotaping residents, as some residents had insisted they
had observed.

"What's happened is, the evidence was found," former police chief Tracy Cross
said in an interview yesterday.

Cross, an opponent of embattled Grand Chief James Gabriel, is a member of the
Mohawk Security Force, a volunteer community watch team set up last spring.
It had been working closely with the SQ, and much trust had been gained, Cross
said.

"How can we trust the SQ again?" he asked, noting that although the camera
atop the building isn't what the residents had complained about, many now assume
the SQ was lying when it insisted it was not videotaping, or feel police
should have at least mentioned the surveillance camera, given the concerns that
residents raised.

Yesterday, the SQ acknowledged it installed the camera Oct. 15 in a dummy
stovepipe atop a local school after obtaining a court warrant.

"We have nothing to hide," Constable Isabelle Gendron said. "It's just that
it's preferable in an investigation not to divulge our methods."

The camera had a dual purpose, Gendron said:

To gather information on who set fire to four police cruisers May 28 and to
the police station June 11.

To catch culprits on camera if anyone attempts to damage the property again.

But some have other theories, said Steven Bonspille, also a foe of Gabriel.
(Although elected chief, Bonspille declines to use the title, saying Gabriel
acted illegally when he postponed elections and extended council's mandate after
it expired in July.)

"What's been said ... is (that) the SQ, the RCMP and the Kanesatake Mohawk
Police want to get into Kanesatake and enforce their will ... (that) they're
planning to invade our community," Bonspille said.

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The Gazette (Montreal) 2004
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