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Ipperwash OPP sniper dies in car crash
Feb. 26, 2006. 06:54 PM

The public inquiry scrutinizing the death of Dudley George has lost a central witness to the decade-old tragedy following the death of the former police officer who fatally shot the native protester.

Kenneth Deane was to testify within weeks at the judicial probe into George’s death when he was killed Saturday in a car crash in eastern Ontario, a tragic event the George family said could leave some key questions unanswered.

“We had known from the (criminal) trial that Ken Deane was the one who pulled the trigger that killed (my brother),” said Sam George.

“What we were wanting to know was: Why was he there? Who put him there? We were hoping that he would be able to answer some of these questions when he took the stand.”

George was fatally shot Sept. 6, 1995, when provincial police officers clad in riot gear advanced on a group of natives who had seized control of Ipperwash Provincial Park. The group was convinced it was the site of an ancient aboriginal burial ground, claims verified the following week.

Two years later, Deane was convicted of criminal negligence causing death and handed a two-year community sentence.

On Saturday, the former provincial police sniper was driving in white-out conditions along Highway 401 near Prescott, Ont., when his Ford Explorer was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer, police said.

Deane, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene, while his male passenger remained in hospital Sunday in stable condition.

Deane is the third provincial police officer involved in the Ipperwash crisis to die before testifying before the inquiry. Insp. Dale Linton, the incident commander the night George was killed, died in a car crash six years ago. Another officer has also died.

“Sgt. Deane’s death is only one of quite a long list now of witnesses who have passed away,” said George family lawyer Murray Klippenstein.

While Deane’s testimony was no longer critical in the sense his role has been dealt with by the courts, “we would have asked some tough questions,” said Klippenstein.

A key question at the inquiry is the extent to which the Conservative government of Mike Harris directed the police response to the native occupation. Critics have long said the show of police force in which Deane was involved was somehow influenced by Harris.

The George family spent nearly a decade pressing the Conservative government for a public inquiry, to no avail. The judicial probe was called in 2004, under the newly elected Liberal government.

The passage of time, along with the deaths of key witness, ``shows the disadvantages this inquiry is now under,” said Klippenstein.

“The government of the day knew full well that the longer they held out, the more difficult it would be for the inquiry to get at the details.”

Still, the George family has persevered in their view that “this inquiry needs to go behind the scenes” of what happened, said Klippenstein.

“You have to look at what happened in the police organizations, the commander’s minds, and obviously whether they were influenced by the strong views of the government in Toronto,” he said.

“That’s a question that goes beyond Deane himself.”

Still, Sam George laments the lost opportunity to ask the man who killed his brother why police felt it necessary to march on Ipperwash Provincial Park on Sept. 6, 1995.

“These are pieces of what happened there, that evening, that we will never know about,” he said.
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I second the coincedence motion. Unless Karma is really lazy. And the powers that be already have all the testimony they need from him from his murder trial, so I don't see the G-men (as cloak and dagger as the Canadian government is)needing to take him down.


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I'm just wondering about the fact that 3 of the officers involved have since died in traffic accidents.

Cue mysterious music...
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If Tecumseh can have a curse on US presidents, then the ghost of Dudley George can have a curse on OPP officers. It's true, ask IgStar if you don't believe me.
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What are you on about? Dudley wasn't native is what you are saying?

Ipperwash inquiry – key players
CBC News Online | Feb. 14, 2006

Dudley George

The inquiry is investigating the death of Dudley George. He died on Sept. 6, 1995, during a standoff between native protesters at Ipperwash Provincial Park and Ontario Provincial Police. George was the only native to be killed in a dispute over land in the 20th century.

George was among a group of about three dozen protesters who moved into the park on Sept. 4, 1995, to try to get action on a land claim.

George was 38 years old.