A video allegedly showed an RCMP officer sexually harassing an Indigenous teen. Then it went missing. Inside allegations of misconduct and cover-up in Canada’s national police force
“He started touching me sexually,” said the victim in a statement to a public inquiry probing the allegations. “His hands were all over me. I couldn’t do anything except sit there and take it. I just cried.”
The victim said the officer’s behaviour began when he met her mother when she took her for a ride. The teen reported in a written statement to investigators that she and the officer rode the back of her mother’s Toyota with her son in the front.
The officer asked if he could touch her — first on her arm, then her breasts, and then, when she said no, on her vagina, according to the police statement.
The officer allegedly then asked her if she wanted to go upstairs to the bathroom while he watched and made comments about her breasts and thighs, the statement said.
The teen was then asked by investigators if she wanted the officer to perform a sexual act, she said. “With my body covered, he started undressing himself,” the victim wrote.
“I just froze. I couldn’t say anything. I couldn’t move.”
She said she finally stood up, walked towards the hallway, went into another room, and returned to her son.
The incident was the second incident detailed by the teen to police that was not considered in a formal report, but that investigators believed warranted further investigation.
It was the only incident that the teen talked about in detail to police. The other alleged incident was only referred to the RCMP after the teen reported it to police, a public inquiry has heard.
The police statement says the teen said she was unable to file a formal report with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police because the officer’s behaviour was “unexpected and disturbing” and because she feared reprisal.
She told the RCMP, in a written statement, “I didn’t report it because I was afraid of what would happen to me.”
Her statement was also one she gave to the RCMP.
On three occasions, the teen told investigators she felt uncomfortable, the police statement alleged.
After she alleged the officer touched her, the teen was sent on a six-month