July 04, 2007

Aboriginals pepper-sprayed for honking horns

B.C. band furious over pepper spray incidentSeveral aboriginal parents in a town northwest of Vancouver plan to file a complaint with the RCMP after a community celebration ended in pepper spray use and a confrontation with officers.

It all happened Monday night in Sechelt, B.C., after the Sechelt band's two youth teams won first prize at a soccer tournament in Vancouver.

The parents said it is a community tradition to celebrate with a grand entrance by honking horns.
What happened this time:Shannon Phillips said she was carrying her baby and tried to intervene on behalf of her husband, Troy Myers, who was the driver of the pickup truck.

"They pepper sprayed him and when I went to say, 'What are you doing?' they turned around and pepper sprayed me and Kaden—quite a few times, actually."

Calvin Craigan, a former chief with the Sechelt band, told CBC Radio Tuesday that band members are "going to have a session with the RCMP" and demand an explanation.

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