Indigenous leaders are calling for answers after a video surfaced this weekend that appears to show a member of the Thunder Bay Police Service striking a First Nation youth while receiving medical care.
Grand Chief for the area – Alvin Fiddler says they are outraged by the treatment of a youth in such a defenseless position.
He adds such actions by the police, whatever the cause, must be fully investigated by an independent authority and the results made public by the Chief of Police.
The brief video, posted to Facebook this week, appears to show an officer striking a youth restrained on stretcher next to an ambulance.
The words “You’re going to the hospital” can be heard.
It is not clear why the 17-year-old student required medical attention.
Police officials have confirmed that an investigation has been launched but have not clarified if it will be independent. The viral video has sparked outrage from First Nations people who have had a long history of conflict with Thunder Bay Police.