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Mother Claims Saskatoon Police Overreacted by Firing Shots at Stolen Truck With Son Behind Wheel

Agatha Eaglechief says she lost her son to gangs. (Dan Zakreski/CBC)

Agatha Eaglechief says she lost her son to gangs

CBC News Posted: Jun 21, 2017

Agatha Eaglechief says she watched helplessly as she lost her 22-year-old son to the violent world of Saskatoon gangs.

Her worst fears came true this week. Austin Eaglechief never came home for his 10 p.m. CST curfew on Monday night and, by morning, his mother was hearing reports of a chase and fatal crash with a stolen truck.

She woke up to the news and thought, “Oh no. I hope that’s not him.”

Police confirmed Austin was behind the wheel of a stolen truck that rammed a police cruiser and was involved in a chase with gunshots that ended with a crash at Circle Drive and Airport Drive just after 9 p.m. Monday.

Agatha said her son had been involved with gangs since his teens, first with the Terror Squad and most recently with the Indian Posse.

She said that he had also served time in both provincial correctional centres and the federal penitentiary.

The frequent beatings meted out by gangs left him with head injuries that lead to anxiety and depression, she said.

‘I can’t wait to die. I can’t wait.’

Agatha said her son tried unsuccessfully to escape the gang life. In the end, she said that he saw only one way out.

“Finally, a month ago, he says, ‘I can’t wait to die. I can’t wait.’ He kept telling everybody, and just like he knew he was going to die. He was tired of working for these guys,” Agatha said.

Austin Eaglechief

Austin Eaglechief, 22, was involved in gangs, his mother says. (Facebook)

She is still trying to process her son’s final hour. She is alarmed that officers fired on the stolen truck when they had it penned in the cul-de-sac at Clearwater Place.

She believes they overreacted.

“I’m just saying, why would they have to go and shoot at him numerous times, right in that core neighbourhood? Anybody could have been walking or shot,” she said.

Police said the truck rammed a police cruiser, pushing it about 30 metres, off the cul-de-sac and into a driveway. An officer responded by firing two shots at the stolen truck.

Austin was later pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at Circle Drive and Airport Drive. Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill said on Tuesday it does not appear the 22-year-old’s death was related to a gunshot wound, but his cause of death has not been confirmed.

Weighill said police have a strict policy on when to initiate or end pursuits. He said the urgency of apprehending the driver had increased after a constable was injured by the truck ramming.

Agatha is now left with having to bury her son, and wonder what might have been.

“We gotta get back into our culture, into our tradition of smudge, pray, powwow, sundance,” she said. “Making sure that my kids are going to get that right treatment.”

Two vehicles were damaged in a crash near the airport in Saskatoon Monday night. (Alicia Bridges/CBC)


Female Human Remains Found In Saskatoon Identified


Remains found in Saskatoon earlier this month identified

CTV Saskatoon is reporting that human remains found earlier this month have been identified, according to Saskatoon police.

The female remains were recovered Nov. 14 after police received information four days earlier that led to their discovery.

Police have yet to release details on where the remains were found, but said in a media release Thursday the coroner’s office, a forensic anthropologist, RCMP cold case investigators and Corman Park police officers all helped Saskatoon police excavate the area.

An autopsy was conducted after the remains were recovered and a recent DNA test confirmed her identity.

Saskatoon police major crimes and missing persons investigators have since been working to determine the circumstances surrounding her disappearance and death, the police media release stated.

Her name has yet to be released.

Saskatoon Police Chief Speaks At Rally Against Carding

Police Chief Clive Weighill speaks at rally.

Police Chief Clive Weighill speaks at rally.

CBC News

Clive Weighill says carding practice will continue, but will be reviewed

Saskatoon police chief Clive Weighill asked to address protesters who rallied outside of a public meeting Wednesday evening, and after a show of hands in the crowd, he was handed the loudspeaker.

Roughly 40 protesters gathered outside of TCU Place, where a public consultation on policing was happening, to protest the controversial practice of “carding.”

Several demonstrators showed their opposition to the police practice of carding at a rally in Saskatoon, held outside the location of a public meeting on policing. (CBC)

Several demonstrators showed their opposition to the police practice of carding at a rally in Saskatoon, held outside the location of a public meeting on policing. (CBC)

“Anybody that’s listened to me talk before knows I certainly believe in social justice,” Weighill said. “I’ve talked many times about the systemic issues our aboriginal population is facing: of poverty, of poor housing, of racism, of disadvantage. Those are the issues we’ve got to work on.”

Weighill acknowledged the controversy about carding. He said the issue came up at a meeting Wednesday of the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police and the Saskatchewan Police Commission.

“We’re looking at the policy on street checks and how they’re implemented,” the police chief said, adding that they will review how the carding issue is unfolding in Ontario. But he said carding should continue as a police practice.

Tasha Hubbard speaks at a rally outside of police meeting as Chief Clive Weighill looks on. (Kathy Fitzpatrick/CBC)

Tasha Hubbard speaks at a rally outside of police meeting as Chief Clive Weighill looks on. (Kathy Fitzpatrick/CBC)

Prior to Weighill speaking, filmmaker and activist  Tasha Hubbard spoke to the crowd giving examples of people who say they were stopped by police without having done anything wrong.

“What is the message when indigenous people and other marginalized peoples are incessantly carded? The message is that indigenous people, people of colour, people who are poor, do not belong, that they are not welcome in certain spaces,” she said.

When asked about Clive Weighill speaking to the crowd, Hubbard said, “I think it’s good that the police chief is responding to it, I’m just not sure this was the right space.”

Saskatoon police have confirmed that nearly 4,500 people were stopped and asked for identification in the city last year, an average that is higher than other Canadian cities such as Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.