Thunder Bay – TBPS Officer Receiving Medical Treatment For “Exposure To Bodily Fluids”

TBPS officer in video receiving medical treatment for ‘exposure to bodily fluids’

An officer involved in a video shared to social media that appears to show her striking a youth strapped to a gurney is on leave from the Thunder Bay Police Service to receive medical treatment.

Thunder Bay Police provided an update on the incident that took place at an EganStreet residence and is at the centre of a viral video posted to social media showing the officer appearing to strike a 17-year-old Indigenous youth strapped to a gurney.

The matter is being investigated under the Police Services Act and according to a media release issued by Thunder Bay Police on Tuesday, the officer is receiving medical treatment “as a result of exposure to bodily fluids which occurred during her physical contact with a 17-year-old female at the Egan Street residence.”

The 21-second video surfaced on social media last weekend and depicts an officer appearing to strike a 17-year-old youth. It was later revealed the youth is a student at the Matawa Learning Centre and from the Nibinamik First Nation.

According to Thunder Bay Police, officers were called to a residence on Egan Street the night of Dec. 1. While on the scene, an intoxicated 17-year-old female was located inside and was being prepared for transport to the hospital.

In the video, someone can be heard saying: “You are going to the hospital.” Shortly after, an officer appears to strike the youth and says: “You do not spit on me.”

The video continues to be condemned by First Nation leaders and possible legal action is being considered.

In a media release issued on Tuesday, the Matawa Chiefs Council said it is continuing to investigate the incident and considering appropriate legal recourse.

“The Matawa Chiefs Council wish to condemn the actions of the first responders who were present and involved in this incident,” the statement reads. “These actions are unacceptable and unjustifiable, regardless how they were precipitated.”

“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,” the statement reads. – Tbnewswatch

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…While on the scene, an intoxicated 17-year-old female was located inside and was being prepared for transport to the hospital…

the officer is receiving medical treatment “as a result of exposure to bodily fluids which occurred during her physical contact with a 17-year-old female at the Egan Street residence.”…

The video continues to be condemned by First Nation leaders and possible legal action is being considered.  

Look, until First Nations take responsibility for their actions, nobody is going to take them seriously.  There is a lot here that is not being discussed.  A hell of a lot more.

The Chiefs are saying nothing about the fact that a 17 year old girl was intoxicated.  They are not saying anything about the fact that this intoxicated 17 year old girl was being transported to hospital for some reason. Was that reason something to do with the amount of whatever substance that she had illegally consumed?  The Chiefs are not saying that spiting on a police officer was wrong.  Its wrong to spit on ANYONE!

Now the Chiefs are looking at a lawsuit?  Of course they are. Cost them nothing. There is no downside.  I am guessing the lawsuit will be for $100 million?  Maybe $200 million?  Settle for $100,000?

Only those Chiefs would think that a 17 year old girl, that

  1. was intoxicated. Alcohol? Drugs?  Both?
  2. had to be transported to a hospital. Why? Was it something to do with the alcohol or drugs she had consumed?  Needed to be restrained.
  3. spit on a police officer forcing that police officer to receive medical treatment against who knows what virus and bacteria was in that intoxicated 17 year old girl’s spit.

was soo wronged by the Thunder Bay Police Service that a lawsuit is in order.  THAT is sooo sad.   Of course, the best defence is to go on offence.  Make it all about the police officer’s actions, not the actions of 17 year old intoxicated girl and the other people at the Egan Street residence.

Now if that TBPS officer comes down with tuberculosis or any other disease that can be transmitted via saliva, then I am sure the police officer will sue.  Of course, the 17 year old girl has nothing to lose.  You can’t get blood from stone.

I don’t know of any community that would think that 17 years being intoxicated, having to go to the hospital and spiting on a police officer is OK.  Just another day in the Matawa First Nations?  No problem that they can see?  Parents were OK with their 17 year old daughter being intoxicated and having to go to the hospital?  Happens a lot does it?

…The Matawa Chiefs Council wish to condemn the actions of the first responders who were present and involved in this incident,” the statement reads. “These actions are unacceptable and unjustifiable, regardless how they were precipitated….

Maybe, just maybe those first responders were trying to save the girl’s life?   Maybe the girls was sooo intoxicated that the first responders could not do their job?  Maybe the slap to the face was necessary to calm the girl down?  We do not see what happened before the slap.  We do not know the whole story.  Will we ever?

This incident has done more to promote racism in Thunder Bay than any other.  the person who posted the video on social media thought that she was showing everyone how indigenous youth was being mistreated by TBPS.  Instead, the spiting in the face of a police officer by an intoxicated 17 year old indigenous girl fired up anti-indigenous sentiment in the city.  It made things worse, not better.

It has never been shown that the slap was racially motivated.  The fact that the police officer was white and the young girl was indigenous makes the charge of racism a forgone conclusion.  Same as it would be in the US had it been a white police officer and black youth.  Its exactly the same situation.

One of these days, this city will explode. You can feel the racial tension out there.

Why would anyone want to move here?   Seriously?  Why would any company locate here?  If it was not for government handouts, this city would have died years ago.

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