APTN security camera captures brutal downtown Winnipeg attack
Donald Collins, 65, and Stony Stanley Bushie, 48, found dead just hours apart in alleys on Hargrave Street
Surveillance cameras behind the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) headquarters in Winnipeg recorded the brutal attack of a man in the city's downtown area Saturday.
The body of Stony Stanley Bushie, 48, was found in an alley behind 333 Portage Ave. on Saturday evening.
He was one of two men who were found dead in the downtown area that day. Police think they were likely both killed by the same person.
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"He had been doing his rounds and noticed something looked like it wasn't in place," Clarke said late Monday. "He went out and noticed some feet and some legs."
The guard called police, who arrived and spent hours investigating the scene. Clarke said the building's surveillance cameras recorded the man being beaten to death with what appeared to be a blunt object.
Police have since confirmed that the body found behind the Portage Avenue building was that of Bushie.
APTN news cameras seized by police: Clarke
"We decided we needed to send a camera and capture what was going on in our own backyard," said Clarke, adding that Winnipeg police then seized that footage and a news camera for the purpose of their investigations.
"[Police] felt they had the right to do so," she said.
"I said it was illegal, in our opinion, they were doing that, that we were trying to do our jobs and they were preventing us essentially from doing our job that night."
"What they disclosed to me as to why they took our footage was because they didn't want the family finding out on social media; they didn't want us to post it," she said.
"It was a violent murder and so it was pretty gory, and they didn't want those images going out and potentially identifying the victim."
Clarke said police must have assumed APTN would have "broadcast gore for the sake of broadcasting gore."
"We're professionals and we would have the utmost respect for the family and the deceased," she said. "It was still my argument they were not allowed to legally seize that camera and footage."
APTN has since published still images taken from footage of the crime scene, blurring out certain aspects out of respect for the victim's family and friends.
Clarke added that APTN has co-operated with the authorities since the moment Bushie's body was located, and turned surveillance footage over to police Saturday night.
Images of a person of interest were released by the police on Sunday — images that Clarke said did not come from APTN's surveillance cameras.
Clarke said some of the staff at APTN have seen raw photos of the incident.
"It's touched us all," she said.
"That's had an impact, of course, but overall on the staff and building, a lot of them are obviously having safety concerns and feel violated. We had a smudge ceremony this morning with our elder — we wanted to do it in the back, but that scene hasn't been released."
Police have issued an alert to the city's homeless shelters, asking people on the streets to stay in pairs and not go into secluded areas.
Anyone with information about either of the homicides is asked to call Winnipeg's homicide unit at (204) 986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).
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