Killed by RCMP (July 16, 2015): James Daniel McIntyre, Dawson City, B.C.

On Thursday, July 16, 2015 RCMP officers in Dawson Creek, B.C. shot and killed a man, later identified as James Daniel McIntyre (48). McIntyre was killed while standing outside of a local restaurant where a BC Hydro open house on the contentious Site C dam project was being held. Police were responding to calls about disruptive behavior involving another man but encountered McIntyre instead, shooting him after minimal engagement. The incident was at least partly recorded by a witness, Mike Irmen. Wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, a popular mask worn during protests, McIntrye, who worked as a dishwasher at another local restaurant in Dawson Creek, has been claimed by Anonymous as a comrade. In response to McIntyre’s killing the online activists promised actions against the RCMP and the agency’s national website went down on Sunday, July 19.

This killing by RCMP has occurred in a context in which much concern has been raised about police violence and repression against protesters, particularly those who oppose environmentally harmful projects. Earlier in 2015 the Canadian government passed new legislation giving police institutions increased powers under a rubric of “anti-terrorism.”

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