Police Association expresses outrage at NAN grand chief’s reaction
The Thunder Bay Police Association leadership says they are outraged at comments made by Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler in the wake of a video posted to social media that allegedly shows an officer striking an Indigenous teen strapped to a medical gurney.
The union, in a release issued to media on Wednesday night, defended the officer, who has been taken off duty and is taking medication for precautionary health reasons following the incident, which took place this past Saturday night.
“We are confident that our member will be vindicated once the investigation is concluded,” the unsigned release states.
“Mr. Fiddler continues to try to drive a wedge between the community and the members of the TBPA. Mr. Fiddler rushes to judge and accuse our members of wrongdoing when in his own words, ‘We do not know all of the details that led to this incident.'”
The release goes on to say the union stands behind its membership who are struggling with high-volume calls, violent crime, lack of funding, low morale and low manpower.
“This is not an isolated incident for our members of the TBPA. Our members are consistently dealing with individuals who show increasing violence, aggressive attitudes and lack of respect toward police and all first responders.” – Tbnewswatch
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Not an unexpected reaction from the TBPA. They are paid to represent their members, just alike the NAN Chiefs. The NAN Chiefs are politicians after all.
“This is not an isolated incident for our members of the TBPA. Our members are consistently dealing with individuals who show increasing violence, aggressive attitudes and lack of respect toward police and all first responders.”
I believe that indigenous youth are being taught to not cooperate with the police. That the police are the enemy. You spit on your enemy, right?
Remember, bus drivers that have been assaulted as well. The aggressive behaviour that they have to deal with? What about them? What happens if they get spit on? Maybe that has already happened? Business owners? Mac’s convenience stores? Its not just first responders. I believe the issue is wide spread in this city.
Maybe its common for people living on First Nation reserves go around spiting on police offices all the time. Maybe everyone spits on everyone. All fine and dandy. Its not an acceptable behaviour here. It is an assault.
Oncer again, until the Indigenous population take responsibility for their actions, for their lives, nobody will take anything that they say seriously. EVERYTHING negative in your lives is not the fault of someone else. Some of the shit that happens to you is YOUR fault. A result of decisions YOU made.
Had the 17 year old intoxicated girl not spit on the police officer, we would not be talking about this now. Why did she feel it was necessary to spit on the police officer? That is an assault. Who put that idea in her head? THAT person or persons is responsible for everything that happened as well.
Nobody is talking about the fact that a 17 year old girl was intoxicated. I see young Indigenous people intoxicated on a regular basis. Some young girls soo out of it that they could barely walk always accompanied by a group of young Indigenous men. That does not sound like a situation that will end well for the young girls. Why are the Chiefs not talking about that?
It s easy for the Chiefs to criticize the actions of people who have to deal with the social issues that was originally created on their reserves. Not their problem. Its all someone else’s fault.