(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The Thunder Bay Police Service officer who is the subject of an investigation under the Police Services Act regarding the December 1st, 2018 Egan Street incident where it is alleged the officer struck a youth while they were strapped to a guerney, is currently on leave, according to a tbps media release.
The officer is receiving medical treatment as a result of an exposure to bodily fluids which occurred during her physical contact with a 17-year-old Indigenous female at the Egan Street residence. Nishnawbe Aski Nation later revealed the youth is a student at the Matawa Learning Centre and is from Nibinamik First Nation.
The youth was being readied for transport to hospital from that location. This incident was the subject of a video which was posted to social media.
The investigation, which was initiated by the Chief of Police, continues. Since this is a Police Services Act investigation, the Chief cannot comment on this matter.
The Matawa Chief’s Council has condemned the actions of the officer, and are considering taking legal action.
Responding to an incident caught on video that occurred on Saturday, December 1st that appeared to show a female Uniform Patrol Officer of the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) striking a student of the Matawa Education and Care Centre while restrained in a Superior North EMS stretcher—the Matawa Chiefs Council offered the following statement:
“As we continue our investigations into this matter and consider all appropriate legal recourse—the Matawa Chiefs Council wish to condemn the actions of the first responders who were present and involved in this incident. These actions were unacceptable and unjustifiable, regardless of how they were precipitated. We wish to express our full support of the youth, family and community affected. Further, we will stand in solidarity with Nibinamik First Nation in holding the TBPS and Superior North EMS accountable for their abhorrent approach to bringing one of our youth to safety.”
As of the time of this statement, the female Officer who is seen to strike the youth, while under restraint in a stretcher, has been placed off duty and an internal TBPS investigation has begun.
No further information on the progress of potential external investigations and/or other legal remedies has been made available. Since 2013/2014, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) has received 225 complaints about the TBPS despite only having 300 sworn and civilian members.
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