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Officer investigated for 'drunk uneducated animals' comment

Screenshot shows comment about "drunk uneducated animals" on a reserve in Saskatchewan. Image from EricaVioletLee / Twitter

A Royal Canadian Mountain Police officer is under investigation for referring to Native people as "drunk uneducated animals."

The RCMP would not identify the officer who made the comments on Facebook in response to a news story about a shooting on the Sucker River Reserve, which is part of the Lac La Ronge First Nation in Saskatchewan. But Native users shared a screenshot that indicated Anthony Setlack, who works for the force, posted the derogatory remarks on Monday.

The RCMP would not say where Setlack is stationed. CKOM Radio said he does not work on the reserve in question.

"If you are getting that feeling that the people in your areas are animals, you need to leave it," Ernie Louttit, a retired Native police officer, told CKOM.

Get the Story:
RCMP investigate officer after derogatory comments about First Nation (CKOM 9/18)
RCMP investigate claim officer made derogatory Facebook post (CBC 9/18)
RCMP investigate 'drunk uneducated animals' Facebook comment (The Saskatoon StarPhoenix 9/18)

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