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Thunder Bay police officer now ‘off duty’ as investigation into Saturday’s incident begins

Willow Fiddler
APTN News
The Chief of the Thunder Bay police service says a female officer who was filmed yelling, and then pushing down on a patient strapped to an ambulance gurney is “off duty.”

Sylvie Hauth says the officer, who has not been named, is also being investigated.

According to a release from police, officers received a call at 7:25 pm e.t.

“While on scene, an intoxicated 17-year-old female was located inside the residence. While being readied for transport to hospital, a female Uniform Patrol officer is seen to be in physical contact with the youth,” said the release.

Hauth says the officer has been informed that an investigation is taking place.

The 21-second video starts from the outside steps of an apartment building where a paramedic and officer are responding to a person who is laying on a stretcher, wrapped in blankets.

“I don’t know why she decided to start being combative here,” the officer is heard saying at the beginning of the video. The officer’s leg is visible standing next to the gurney.

“F**k you,” the teenager can be heard replying back.

“You’re just going to the hospital, you’re going to the hospital,” she says to the young girl, who is 17-years-old according to Latisha Hardy, who posted the video to her Facebook account.

Then things turn angry.

“That’s enough. Do not spit on me,” the officer can be heard yelling immediately after what looks and sounds to be a hard slap to the head 13 seconds into the video.

“You do not spit on me,” the officer continues to yell as her right hand covers the victim’s mouth, pushing down with force.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation confirmed the teen is from Nibinimik First Nation and student of the Matawa Learning Centre.

The person who recorded the video wants to remain anonymous.

That’s when the video, which is pointed towards the ground, pans up just in time to see the officer strike the young woman.

“We are outraged by the actions of the officer depicted in this video. We do not know all of the details that led to this incident, but there is simply no justification for such violent and callous treatment of a youth in a defenseless position,” said NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler in a press release. “Such actions by the police, whatever the cause, must be fully independent authority and the results made public by the Chief of Police.”

Hardy told APTN News police had been called to a party on the city’s north side on Saturday around 6 p.m. because someone was bleeding and needed medical attention.

They said first responders were taking the teenager in the video to the hospital because she was too intoxicated.

APTN was told the officer hit her so hard she started to bleed and the young girl was taken to hospital. She has since been released.

“She’s doing good right now, she said she has anxiety about this whole thing,” Hardy said.

Thunder Bay police did not return calls to explain what the term “off duty” meant.

Police have not said where the province’s special investigations unit has been informed of the incident.

wfiddler@aptn.ca

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10 Responses to “Thunder Bay police officer now ‘off duty’ as investigation into Saturday’s incident begins”

  1. valhenry@tbaytel.net'
    Henry Wojak December 5, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

    I had to resubmit my complaint with the OIPRD over this incident today, as I did not include the time of the incident and it was an invalid entry when I submitted it two days ago and they apparently never received it.

    However they have now confirmed receipt of it!

  2. v*******@tbaytel.net'
    Henry Wojak February 19, 2019 at 8:10 pm #

    I had to resubmit my complaint with the OIPRD over this incident today, as I did not include the time of the incident and it was an invalid entry when I submitted it two days ago and they apparently never received it.

    However they have now confirmed receipt of it!

  3. valhenry@tbaytel.net'
    Henry Wojak December 5, 2018 at 1:29 am #

    Ms. Fiddler I put in a formal third party complaint to the OIPRD last night about the incident.

  4. v*******@tbaytel.net'
    Henry Wojak February 19, 2019 at 8:10 pm #

    Ms. Fiddler I put in a formal third party complaint to the OIPRD last night about the incident.

  5. jodialbany@knet.ca'
    Jodi December 4, 2018 at 8:25 pm #

    Is off duty mean on medical leave?

  6. tataquason@gmail.com'
    Gordon Hendricks December 4, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

    Of coarse the police haven’t responded. They think they are better than natives and feel they don’t need to answer to them.
    I took a video of Thunder Bay cops abusing a native man a few years ago, met with a staff Sgt and he downloaded the video and agreed the cops crossed the line.
    I requested a follow up with him again and again. I never heard anything from him. I’m assuming they swepted it under the rug to protect these dangerous guys carrying weapons and wearing a costume.
    I can’t believe that there is still a corrupt police force in Canada.
    Thunder Bay, the anus of Canada.
    I would love to see cop watch follow these insecure boys and girls in costumes. They are so stupid that they would do something stupid even if they are being recorded!

    • sconway@tbaytel.net'
      mike conway December 8, 2018 at 5:59 pm #

      hendricks you are a joke.Try and LEARN all the facts before you open it.Close your eyes and give your head a shake.EXACTLY.Have a nice day

  7. j*********@knet.ca'
    Jodi February 19, 2019 at 8:10 pm #

    Is off duty mean on medical leave?

  8. t*********@gmail.com'
    Gordon Hendricks February 19, 2019 at 8:10 pm #

    Of coarse the police haven’t responded. They think they are better than natives and feel they don’t need to answer to them.
    I took a video of Thunder Bay cops abusing a native man a few years ago, met with a staff Sgt and he downloaded the video and agreed the cops crossed the line.
    I requested a follow up with him again and again. I never heard anything from him. I’m assuming they swepted it under the rug to protect these dangerous guys carrying weapons and wearing a costume.
    I can’t believe that there is still a corrupt police force in Canada.
    Thunder Bay, the anus of Canada.
    I would love to see cop watch follow these insecure boys and girls in costumes. They are so stupid that they would do something stupid even if they are being recorded!

    • s******@tbaytel.net'
      mike conway February 20, 2019 at 12:55 am #

      hendricks you are a joke.Try and LEARN all the facts before you open it.Close your eyes and give your head a shake.EXACTLY.Have a nice day