March 31, 2004
Mohawk police chief admits he's scared
MONTREAL (CP) - The incoming police chief of a divided Mohawk community
acknowledged Wednesday he is "scared" because of the possibility of
Eddy Thompson told reporters he is hoping for a peaceful transition
despite warnings of violence from dissidents in Kanesatake, west of
Montreal. The dissidents, who include three chiefs on the six-member
band council, have said there could be confrontations on Thursday if
"Yes, I'd be lying if I said I'm not scared," said the 33-year-old
officer who wouldn't confirm whether he would move into Kanesatake on
"I am scared because there is a chance of violence and I'm not looking
Thompson, who hails from the Akwesasne Mohawk reserve, has been chosen
by Grand Chief James Gabriel to take responsibility of policing under a
tripartite agreement involving Quebec and Ottawa.
A complex and tense policing dispute has destabilized Kanesatake for
months, with Gabriel being forced to flee the community in January when
he brought in outside aboriginal police to fight what he called
The move was greeted with protests and his house was burned down.
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