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Thunder Bay Officer Off Duty after Video Goes Viral

Created: December 04, 2018 02:19 PM

A Thunder Bay, Ontario, police officer is off duty amid an investigation of a video appearing to show her to striking a youth on a stretcher.

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Video of Saturday night's incident was posted to social media and later aired on national newscasts.  Police say officers encountered an intoxicated 17-year-old girl while assisting paramedics with an injured woman, and that the 17-year-old was being readied for transport to a hospital when the incident happened.

On the video, someone is heard off camera saying that the girl had become combative.  A few seconds later, the camera pans to the girl and the uniformed officer, showing the officer striking the girl in the face and saying, "That's enough! Do not spit on me!"

The Thunder Bay Police Service issued a news release Monday saying that Chief Sylvie Hauth had ordered an immediate investigation and "shares the community concerns regarding the video showing the interaction between the officer and the youth."

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says the youth is from Nibinimik First Nation and is a student at a private First Nations high school in Thunder Bay.

"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 such a defenseless position," Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said in a news release issued Sunday.

Police say officers have received threats via social media, which are also being investigated.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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