(THUNDER BAY, ON) – There was an alleged incident caught on video last evening that appears to have the sound of someone spitting and then a reaction from a Thunder Bay Police officer.
Citizens have speculated about what possibly happened. (UPDATE: Police Chief’s response at the end of this article)
Below is the full video:
“The youth called the ambulance for a different individual who needed help. The young girl in the gurney was being transported to the hospital because of how highly intoxicated she was, and was clearly in distress with the seatbelt restraints and didn’t want to be in them. She was not being arrested, so she wasn’t “resisting”.” – Latisha Hardy
The Thunder Bay Police Service have yet to make public comments about the situation.
The video went viral overnight with over 170,000 views, garnering attention from many people and media outlets.
The youth is said to be a 17-year-old Indigenous girl by Nishnawbe Aski Nation.
Thunder Bay Police Service civilian employee Chris Adams told The Canadian Press as reported by CTV News that the force is aware of the video and are investigating. The civilian employee declined to comment further. Chris Adams is not a police officer.
Chief of Police Sylvie Hauth has yet to address the situation.
Complaints have likely been filed with the OIPRD, political officials, etc.
”…when the police entered the home after calling the ambulance for a different individual they treated these kids like they had weapons on them and slammed them into the walls…” says a confidential source. The holes in the walls mentioned earlier were already there.
*** UPDATE: A person claiming to be the youth from this video speaks out on Facebook. Read below:
*** UPDATE: TRCCTB Interview with the cameraman
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(THUNDER BAY, ON) - There was an alleged incident caught on video last evening that appears to have the sound of someone spitting and then a reaction from a Thunder Bay Police officer. Citizens have speculated about what possibly happened. (UPDATE: Police Chief's response at the end of this article) Below…
Video source: Latisha Hardy