Unmasked: The Face Of Anonymous Activist Shot Dead By RCMP

Unmasked: The face of Anonymous activist shot dead by RCMP

Unmasked: The face of Anonymous activist, James McIntyre, shot dead by RCMP

James McIntyre concerned for the land

CBC July 14, 2016

One year after a masked man linked to Anonymous was shot dead by RCMP in northeastern B.C., a relative wants to reveal the true face of James McIntyre.

McIntyre, 48, was killed on a sidewalk by officers responding to a call about a disturbance at an open house for BC Hydro’s controversial Site C dam project in Dawson Creek on July 16, 2015.

“Jim didn’t deserve to die in a brutal manner,” said McIntyre’s cousin, Keith LaRiviere, Sr. “The man lying on the ground was not a criminal. He was a victim of police violence.”

‘Gentle’ introvert loved model trains

LaRiviere described the cousin he grew up with as a gentle, innocent, intelligent man who stuttered, rarely conversed with people and loved model trains.

“He didn’t go out and play. He didn’t join the baseball team with us. He didn’t drink. He didn’t have a girlfriend. He didn’t drive a car. He wouldn’t cross the road except at a crosswalk,” said LaRiviere. “He was soft.”

Métis concerned for the land

LaRiviere said McIntyre’s “isolation and huge brain” drew him to computers and helped him connect online with model train enthusiasts across the United States.

He was concerned about the Peace country being destroyed by another dirty project.– James McIntyre’s cousin

He said he and his Métis cousin shared a concern for “the soil and our ancestral values.”

But he said he had no idea McIntyre was an activist with the online activist group, Anonymous.

After Anonymous claimed McIntyre as a comrade and threatened to avenge his death, the Dawson Creek man made international headlines. Until then, McIntyre had made the local newspaper just once for winning an employee award as a dishwasher.

LaRiviere said McIntyre thrived at his work in the dish pits in a local restaurant and casino, since it was a work station he could run alone.

Despite his introverted nature, McIntyre was extremely close with family, always sitting quietly at family gatherings, and only moving in to his own apartment a few years ago, said LaRiviere.

McIntyre’s family has asked for privacy and until now, McIntyre’s life — and death — were a mystery.

‘This is an environmental issue’

Now, LaRiviere is breaking that silence.

Keith LaRiviere at Paddle for the Peace protest

James McIntyre’s cousin, Keith LaRiviere, took part in a Paddle for the Peace protest near the Site C dam last weekend. McIntyre was shot dead outside a Site C open house in Dawson Creek one year ago. (Facebook )

“It’s not just a family issue, this is an environmental issue,” said LaRiviere.

LaRiviere said his cousin was concerned about the impact of the controversial Site C dam on local First Nations and landowners.

“He was worried about the Peace country being destroyed by another dirty project,” said LaRiviere. “If that’s Jim’s message, don’t stifle his voice.”

Masked man had a knife 

Initial reports to BC’s police watchdog alleged McIntyre was shot after a man with a knife “approached officers in an aggressive manner” outside a Site C open house in Dawson Creek on July 16, 2015.

Witness Mike Irmen said the man who was shot was wearing a mask, similar to the Guy Fawkes mask often used by Anonymous and refused to throw away his knife, even as he lay bleeding.

LaRiviere  believes his cousin was at the Site C meeting to make a statement, not to hurt anyone.

“Making a statement with that mask makes all the sense in the world to me for Jim, because he was alone in his life,” said LaRiviere.

RCMP declined to comment, as the fatal incident is still being investigated by B.C.’s police watchdog.

Watchdog’s review wraps up

“The bulk of the investigative work is complete,” said Marten Youssef, the Independent Investigation Office’s manager of strategic communications. Youssef said an internal review of the investigation still needs to be completed. Until then, there’s no official information about what happened or whether RCMP officers acted appropriately.

Youssef says he’s aware of reports of Anonymous’ interest in the case. But he says that’s had no bearing on the IIO investigation.

McIntyre’s cousin isn’t sure the truth about what happened — and why —  will ever come out.

“The truth is with Jim,” said LaRiviere. “The truth is with a dead man.”

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/unmasked-face-anonymous-activist-shot-130000046.html

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Site C Job Fairs Postponed After Man Shot Outside Dawson Creek Meeting

Dawson Creek RCMP Shooting

Dawson Creek RCMP Shooting

CBC News

Job fairs postponed in Tumbler Ridge, Fort St. John and Chetwynd to ‘evaluate policies’

BC Hydro has postponed three Site C job fairs after a man was fatally shot by police outside a Dawson Creek, B.C., public meeting for the controversial hydroelectric project.

“BC Hydro is currently evaluating its policies and procedures for public meetings,” the Crown corporation said in a statement. “The postponement of the job fairs will give us time to complete this task.”

“Our intent is to ensure the safety of our staff and members of the public.”

The postponed job fairs had been scheduled for Tumbler Ridge, Fort St. John and Chetwynd on July 28, 29 and 30, respectively.

Earlier this week, the BC Coroners Service identified James Daniel McIntyre, 48, as the man killed by RCMP.

Accounts affiliated with the online activist group Anonymous claimed McIntyre was a “fallen comrade,” and some vowed to avenge his death.

A Site C protest planned for Thursday in front of BC Hydro headquarters in downtown Vancouver has also been cancelled, due to concerns about violence.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/site-c-job-fairs-postponed-after-man-shot-outside-dawson-creek-meeting-1.3162600

James Daniel McIntyre Named as #Anonymous member shot by RCMP in Dawson Creek

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The BC Coroner’s Service has finally named the Guy Fawkes-masked protester who was shot Thursday night by an RCMP officer outside the Fixx Urban Grill in Dawson Creek, BC.

He was James Daniel McIntyre. He was 48 years old, and had worked as a cook’s assistant and dishwasher at Le’s Family Restaurant for the last four years. Management there described him as “a hard worker.” His family lives in the town.

The Coroner’s statement:

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following an interaction with police in Dawson Creek on July 16, 2015.

The man is James Daniel McIntyre, aged 48, a resident of Dawson Creek.

Mr. McIntyre was shot during an encounter with Dawson Creek RCMP which occurred about 7:20 p.m. on July 16, in the parking lot of the Fixx Urban Grill restaurant in Dawson Creek. Mr. McIntyre was transported immediately to hospital in Dawson Creek, but died there shortly after arrival.

The BC Coroners Service and the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) continue to investigate this death.

For further information, please contact:

Barb McLintock
Coroner, Strategic Programs
BC Coroners Service
250 356-9253

Anonymous members said over the weekend that McIntyre was a member of a First Nations cell of Anonymous who was wearing a Guy Fawkes mask.

Contrary to initial rumours, McIntyre does not appear to have been First Nations.

MackJJM9

Twitter user @Jaymack9 tweeted on Thursday afternoon that an Anonymous splinter group was to attend the Site C meeting in Dawson Creek that night.

JM

@Jaymack9, hasn’t posted anything since Thursday.

 

The Cryptosphere

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As reported in the Alaska Highway News, the BC Coroner’s Service has finally named the Guy Fawkes-masked protester who was shot Thursday night by an RCMP officer outside the Fixx Urban Grill in Dawson Creek, BC.

He was James Daniel McIntyre. He was 48 years old, and had worked as a cook’s assistant and dishwasher at Le’s Family Restaurant for the last four years. Management there described him as “a hard worker.” His family lives in the town.

Saturday, RCMP raided the apartment of another member of McIntyre’s family, apparently in pursuit of information about the protest at the BC Hydro open house on the contentious Site C dam.

The Coroner’s statement:

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following an interaction with police in Dawson Creek on July 16, 2015.

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Cops Kill Man In Guy Fawkes Mask, Anonymous Vows To “Avenge” The Police Killing

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By Jay Syrmopoulos / TheFreeThoughtProject.com

A man wearing an Anonymous mask was killed by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outside of a Dawson Creek restaurant last night. Since then, the hacking collective took to Twitter vowing to avenge their fallen Anon with the launch of #OpAnonDown.

In a tweet later deleted, the hacktivist group made it be known that they would respond to the killing of their comrade.

Like we will not fight back, like we will not avenge our fallen. #AnonLivesMatter Fucking Expect Us. — Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) July 18, 2015

The man killed by police was initially misidentified by police investigators as being related to a disturbance call inside of a public hearing, but police later admitted that these incidents were in no way related to one another.

This initial misinformation has led to accusations from Anonymous that police are in the initial phases of a cover up.

In a video appearing on Facebook, two officers are seen standing over a man with their guns drawn as the man lay on the ground, wearing a Guy Fawkes mask and a grey hoodie.

The mask is a symbol often synonymous with an affiliation with the global hacktivist group know as Anonymous. The hacker collective quickly let it be known that they would not take the killing of one of their lightly.

Police claim the man refused to drop a pocket knife. In the video, the officer appears to kick something away from the man’s body, although no object can be readily seen. In typical police fashion, officers can be seen handcuffing the victims body as he lay in a pool of blood.

According to a report by The Province:

Kellie Kilpatrick, spokeswoman for the police watchdog, the Independent Investigations Office, issued a clarification Friday night, saying that two men, not one as was initially reported, were involved in the incident that happened as a public hearing for the contentious Site C dam was taking place.

“Police arrive at the location and they come into contact with a second individual who is unrelated to the original complaint,” she said. “He is aggressive. He does not follow police commands and he is shot. He is transported to hospital but he does not survive.”

When asked by a reporter from The Province how this misidentification happened, Kilpatrick stated, “At this point I don’t have that information.”

She refused to name the victim or the name of the officers involved in the killing.

The largest Anonymous account on Twitter responded to news of the shooting with a series of ominous messages and the announcement of a #OpAnonDown.

https://twitter.com/OpAnonDown/status/622496686359859200

Here is a press release from Anonymous regarding #OpAnonDown.

Anonymous Press Release: Operation Anon Down

Saturday – July 18, 2015 4:00 PM ET

At approximately 6:30 PM PT on July 17, 2015 at an Anonymous protest in Dawson Creek, British Columbia which the RCMP was informed about in advance, an RCMP officer mercilessly shot and killed a masked Anon without provocation or cause. This is the fourth Anon to be slain by security forces around the world in as many years. Turkey, Egypt, Palestine and now British Columbia in Canada. As in the past, Anonymous will not stand idly by while our own are cut down in mask. Anonymous has fought for the lives of protesters all over the globe, from Tahir Square in Egypt to Ferguson, Missouri. We will most certainly avenge one of our own when they are cut down in the streets while protesting the earth wrecking environmental policies of the Canadian government.

To this end Anonymous announces the launch of Operation Anon Down. The focus of this Op going forward will be gaining justice (and vengeance if necessary) for our fallen comrade in Dawson Creek. But we will also memorialize our previously slain brethren, and prepare to take action for future Anons killed by police – as we have no doubt they will cut down more of us.

To begin we will identify the RCMP officer involved, thoroughly dox him – and release that dox on the Internet. Because the world has a right to know every detail about killer cops. We will offer support and raise funds if necessary to cover the burial expenses of our fallen comrade. He will be buried with the honor and dignity that his courage has earned him. We will ensure that he is never forgotten, and takes his place in the growing ledger of brave Anonymous martyrs around the world. Then we will press the RCMP and Canadian government for justice. This RCMP officer must be named, fired, and charged – for the murder of our brother Anon. And if we do not receive justice, rest assured there will be revenge.

We call upon our fellow Anons in Canada to take to the streets and protest at the RCMP headquarters in every Province, every day – until our demands for justice are met. We call upon the Global Collective of Anonymous and allied crews to remove the RCMP cyber infrastructure from the Internet. March, create and sign petitions, hack, dox. We may not be able to bring back our fallen comrade, we may not even be able to prevent other Anons from being slain by murderous police – but we can sure as hell show them that there will be a steep price to pay when they kill us.

“Behind this mask there is more than flesh and blood
Behind this mask is an idea
And ideas are bullet proof

We Are Anonymous

We Are Legion

We Are Everywhere

We Do Not Forgive

We Do Not Forget

To the murderous officers of the RCMP…it is to late to Expect Us

h/t Revolution News


Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on BenSwann’s Truth in Media, Chris Hedges’ truth-out, AlterNet and many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.

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UPDATE: Man Shot By RCMP Not Person Who Made Site C Disturbance (VIDEO)

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By Red Power Media, Staff

Man fatally shot by Dawson Creek RCMP not the person who made disturbance at Site C event

The man who made a disturbance at a Site C open house in Dawson Creek last night was not the person fatally shot by RCMP outside the building later that evening, say the Independent Investigations Office.

Video: Site C protester and shooting victim were not the same man

“The individual who was causing the disturbance left the event and did not come into contact with police,” said IIO spokesperson Kellie Kilpatrick at a press conference in Dawson Creek this evening.

“We know now that when police arrived in response to that complaint, they came into contact with a second adult male unrelated to the public information session.”

“The male came into contact with officers in an aggressive manner, and despite officers demands and commands, he was shot.”

The shooting happened outside the Fixx Urban Grill at the Stonebridge Hotel, while a public information session on the soon-to-be constructed Site C dam was being held by BC Hydro.

Previously in the meeting, a protestor came in and interrupted proceedings.

According to an attendee, a man flipped tables and tore display boards illustrating the dam from their stands before being escorted out of the room.

Curtis Pratt was inside and said he did not hear shots, but later saw the body. He said the victim was wearing a mask, and he wasn’t sure whether it was the man from inside.

Originally, the IIO believed that the masked individual RCMP shot and killed outside the building was “connected to the complaint.”

However, they say new information proved that not to be the case, and the man who caused the disturbance is fine.

“There are a lot of moving parts to this investigation,” said Kilpatrick, who said she was only told the original connection between the two incidents was incorrect when she arrived in Dawson Creek this afternoon.

There is no word on the identity of the victim at this time.

Kilpatrick did not have additional information about the protestor, but said “he never did come into contact with police.”

Her office is continuing to investigate the shooting. The officers involved have been sequestered, and it is not clear whether they will be charged, suspended or placed on administrative leave. The IIO also said investigators were not sure if the officers had tasers or other lesser means of force, which will be a key part of the investigation.

“That’s something our investigators have been following up on today. I don’t have the answer to that,” Kilpatrick said.

“What an officer carries on his toolbelt varies depending on officer location, detachment and the type of work they are doing.”

What is clear is that “police came in response to the disturbance and found themselves in contact with this other individual,” Kilpatrick said.

The IIO is asking anyone with information about what happened in the area to come forward, saying cell phone videos are of particular interest.

“In this day of social media, we aware that there is a lot of information circulating out there,” Kilpatrick said. “We’re very interested in speaking with anyone who has information about what they saw or what they heard here last evening,” she added.

WATCH:  Witness captures Dawson Creek RCMP shooting on cellphone. Warning: Contains disturbing content and graphic language.

‘Guy Fawkes’ Masked Man Dead After RCMP Shooting At BC Hydro Open House (VIDEO)

Dawson Creek RCMP await the arrival of IIO investigators outside the Fixx Urban Grill restaurant, where a man was shot dead by police Thursday night outside a Site C open house. Police held the scene while members of the independent police investigations office flew in from Vancouver.

Dawson Creek RCMP await the arrival of IIO investigators outside the Fixx Urban Grill restaurant, where a man was shot dead by police Thursday night outside a Site C open house. Police held the scene while members of the independent police investigations office flew in from Vancouver.

Alaska Highway News 

RCMP shot and killed a masked man outside a restaurant in Dawson Creek last night.

Investigators from the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) boarded a flight from Vancouver this morning to Fort St. John and were expected to be in Dawson Creek around 11 a.m.

The shooting took place outside the Fixx Urban Grill restaurant at the Stonebridge Hotel on Highway 2 near the outskirts of the city. RCMP were called to the restaurant around 6:30 p.m. last night to reports of a man disrupting and damaging property at a BC Hydro open house on the Site C dam project.

Hydro had been holding the open house in the banquet facilities of the restaurant to update the public on construction timelines for the $8.8-billion hydro dam on the Peace River.

The IIO says police arrived on scene and encountered a man wearing a mask outside the restaurant, and believed him to be connected to the complaint. At some point, a confrontation occurred and police shot the masked man. He was taken to hospital where he later died of his wounds, according to the IIO.

No officers or other civilians were injured, IIO spokeswoman Kellie Kilpatrick told the Alaska Highway News.

The office says it will not be commenting on any of the officers involved in the shooting, or releasing details on the identity of the dead man, or where he was shot.

Police are not saying specifically whether this was the same man escorted out of the Hydro event, and have not said what kind of mask the man was wearing. It remains unclear if the man was armed with a weapon, and what attempts, if any, he had made toward officers.

Guy Fawkes mask

A man waiting in the parking an hour after the shooting said another man showed him a cell phone video taken of the body. He had never met the man before, and did not know his name.

“He had a video he showed me, and he zoomed in to see what mask it was. [The man who took the video] didn’t know that it was called a Guy Fawkes mask,” said the man.

The mask, popularized by the 2005 film V for Vendetta, has become a symbol in certain protest movements.

The man who saw the video said he did not want his name used, saying he was new to the area and that his employment prospects could be impacted. This account has not been confirmed by police.

A cell phone video has surfaced which shows police shooting a man outside the Fixx Urban Grill.

WATCH:  Witness captures Dawson Creek RCMP shooting on cellphone. Warning: Contains disturbing content and graphic language.

Curtis Pratt was attending the open house and saw the man disrupting the event.

“He was flipping over the tables, and he walked around and started knocking the posters off, they had them on the stands and he was knocking them off. Then he went back and started tearing up the pictures and the maps,” Pratt said.

“I never saw anyone escort him out [of the building.] They just ushered him out through the door there and they were in another part of the building so we never saw after that what was going on. It seemed like everything was fine.”

Open house in Fort St. John also disrupted by protesters

Hydro has not yet released a statement on the shooting.

It had been holding open houses across the Peace Region over the last two weeks on its construction timelines for the project, which received the provincial green light to proceed last December. Shovels are expected to hit the ground on site preparation work any day now.

A small band of a dozen Treaty 8 First Nation members interrupted an open house in Fort St. John on July 9.

A video posted to YouTube shows local musician Garry Oker leading a drum procession. before making a short speech about a number of legal challenges in BC Supreme Court and federal court over the dam’s construction.

“I just want to let you know that we still got legal cases that we need to address,” Oker told the crowd.

“So, Site C, this is premature to our legal right to have a hearing in courts. We don’t have whole consent of Treaty 8 people.”

Oker later continued: “This is our sacred land. There’s something not right here. We need an opportunity to be able to have a court hearing and after that we can be able to abide by the law. But, right now, this type of thing is not right, it doesn’t feel right. It’s not right to be able to push that kind of stuff on our people.”

Source: https://shar.es/1st1D1

Dawson Creek RCMP Shooting: Man Dies At Site C Dam Open House

Investigators are probing a deadly RCMP shooting at a Dawson Creek hotel restaurant. | Jonny Wakefield/Alaska Highway News

Investigators are probing a deadly RCMP shooting at a Dawson Creek hotel restaurant. | Jonny Wakefield/Alaska Highway News

The Huffington Post B.C.

RCMP in northeastern B.C. shot and killed a masked man who disrupted an informational session on the controversial Site C mega dam project.

Police in Dawson Creek were called to the Fixx Urban Grill inside the Stonebridge Hotel Thursday evening for reports of a man damaging property and disturbing an open house held by BC Hydro.

Responding officers encountered a man outside wearing a mask, said a news release. “Despite officer attempts to de-escalate the situation, a confrontation occurred,” said RCMP Insp. Ed Boettcher.

The man was shot and died in hospital, said officials. No officers or other members of the public were hurt.

BC Hydro was holding the last of five open houses this month on itsconstruction planning for Site C. Thehydroelectric dam on the Peace River is opposed by environmental groups, citizens, and First Nations. They believe the $8.8-billion project will negatively impact the environment, farming and wildlife in the area.

Despite several ongoing legal challenges, construction is slated to begin this summer.

Curtis Pratt, who was attending the open house, told the Alaska Highway News that he saw a man flipping tables in the restaurant around 6:30 p.m. The man was then escorted outside, said Pratt.

RCMP have secured the shooting scene and will remain there until a team from theIndependent Investigations Office arrives in Dawson Creek, about 1,200 kilometres northeast of Vancouver. The civilian-led IIO probes cases involving police that result in death or injury.

No details have been released on how many officers were involved in the shooting, or their backgrounds.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/07/17/dawson-creek-rcmp-shooting_n_7815592.html