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White cops want Native justice

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2001

Two white police officers in Canada who were convicted of abandoning a Native man in the freezing cold have asked a judge to allow them to be punished through a sentencing circle.

A sentencing circle is traditionally used in Native communities to restore harm caused by crime and wrongdoing. In the case of the officers, their lawyer says a circle might help heal tensions between the Aboriginal community in Saskatchewan and the police.

Whether or not the judge agrees to the request, the officers plan on appealing their conviction.

Get the Story:
Convicted Saskatoon cops ask for sentencing circle (CBC 10/31)
Policemen who dumped native ask for aboriginal-style sentencing (The National Post 10/31)
Cops convicted in dumping aboriginal man in winter ask for sentencing circle (CBC 10/31)

Relevant Links:
Starlight Tours, from the CBC - http://cbc.ca/national/magazine/starlight/index.html

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