Controversy in Akwesasne Over Award to MPS Cst. Michael Biron from Governor General of Canada

CFN –  A group of residents have organized a petition over Mohawk Police Services Constable Michael Biron while at the same time the Governor General of Canada has awarded a medal of bravery to the Constable.

There’s a big meeting planned for this Thursday at the St. Regis Recreation building and a petition going around to have the officer resign from his position. In this segment they only mention the Kassian’s and the driver of the van the officer was chasing, what they don’t mention are the two young people he chased in 2010 who also perished in a high speed chase led by Officer Biron. 

The Petition is online and people can even sign in with their social media id’s.   LINK

We, the people of Akwesasne , petition Mike Biron to immediately resign from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Services . We, the people of Akwesasne , request that the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne take action in the resignation of Mike Biron and assert their authority as elected leaders of this community and banish Mike Biron from entering, working, or accessing any of the Akwesasne community facilities. We, the people of Akwesasne, believe that Mike Biron is guilty of abusing his authority as an Akwesasne Mohawk Police offiicer and has engaged continuously in aggressive authoritative abuse. We, the people of Akwesasne, believe that Mike Biron is ultimately responisble for the deaths of Amber Aliff, Dakota Benedict, Edward and Eileen Kassian , and Dany Gionet . We, the people of Akwesasne, request the Moahwk Council of Akwesasne to enter into legislative reform and outlaw high speed pursuits in the community of Akwesasne.

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne issued the following release today which we are publishing unedited:


The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Commission and the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service have learned that the Governor General of Canada awarded the Medal of Bravery to Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Cst. Michael Biron. The award was bestowed during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario on Friday, April 20, 2012.

The nomination of Cst. Biron for the Medal of Bravery was made without the knowledge or involvement of the Mohawk Council, the Police Commission or the Mohawk Police Service. Therefore, comments cannot be provided on a process in which they did not participate. Questions regarding the nomination should be directed to the Governor General’s office at 613-993-8200.

At this time, what is known is that the award was given to Cst. Biron for his attempt to save the lives of Edward and Eileen Kassian who died in a tragic car accident that took place on Kawehnoke on November 14, 2008. The incident occurred after a pursuit originating from the City of Cornwall, Ontario ended in a collision with Dany Gionet, who also lost his life.

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Commission, and the Mohawk Police Department continue to express their deepest sympathies and condolences to the Kassian and Gionet families for their loss.

The MCA, the Police Commission, and AMPS all place the public’s safety at the highest level. As a result, protocols and measures have been implemented to ensure that the safety of the traveling public within Akwesasne continues to be a priority.

In 2008, the Kassian family sought civil proceedings. To honor the integrity of those proceedings, further comment will not be available..


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