By Kenneth Jackson
APTN National News
Saskatoon police are investigating a claim that a man was taken on a starlight tour by officers resulting in him being hospitalized.
A police news release said dispatchers received a call from a woman at approximately 1:40 a.m. saying a 19-year-old man had been driven outside of city limits and forced to walk home.
The alleged starlight tour was said to have happened Monday evening.
A starlight tour is when police pick up an individual and drop them off outside of town forcing them to walk back. It’s particularly dangerous in frigid temperatures. The temperature overnight in Saskatoon reached below -30 C.
But alleged victim Drayton Bull told APTN National News he doesn’t remember much of what happened, including if he was in the back of a cruiser.
Bull said he was at the casino to have a couple beers and then went to his brothers for a couple more. He was “highly intoxicated” and left to go to his dad’s house.
He doesn’t remember what time he left but remembers waking up outside of his father’s at about 10:30 p.m.
What happened between then is what’s in question.
Bull said when he left his brother’s he remembers a police car going by “really slow” and trying to hide so they wouldn’t take him to the drunk tank.
He then blacked out and came to again. He then remembers a man in black pants behind him. He blacked out again and was running on trails he jogs in the summer. The next thing he remembers is waking up outside of his dad’s home. His step-mom called Saskatoon police claiming they had driven Bull outside of town.
“I am hoping (my memory) will come back in the next couple of days,” said Bull.
Bull was taken to hospital and treated for a concussion. He also has a large sore on his head.
Police said they take allegations of starlight tours seriously.
Police said all patrol cars are equipped with GPS tracking devices but none of their cars came up as being outside city limits during the alleged time.
As of Jan. 1 police vehicles also have audio and video technology. The systems are activated when the back door is opened, or when the siren is activated.
The GPS was a recommendation made at the inquiry looking into the death of Neil Stonechild. Stonechild, 17, was taken on a starlight tour in November 1990 by Saskatoon police. He died as a result.
Police also said Bull was not a subject of a police computer check, either nationally or locally, during the alleged time frame.
Police said they will check the in-car camera once they speak to him.
This allegation comes about a week after a man in Brandon, Manitoba wrote on Facebook that he was taken on a starlight tour only to recant the statement hours later.
APTN National News spoke to Jay Moosetail and he said police threatened to do it and roughed him up a bit but he was just mad and made it up. Moosetail was leaving a house party and waiting for a cab when approached by police.
He was adamant Brandon police called him a “dirty Indian” and said “Idle No More mother****er” before leaving.