Police Officer Allegedly Assaulted

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Appearing by video from the Thunder Bay Police Service station in W.A.S.H. (Weekend and statutory holiday) court this morning is 30-year-old Ricky Sakakeesic. Her worship Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbon presiding, with Gordon Fillmore as provincial crown attorney and Aranka Golphy as duty counsel.

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Sakakeesic is swaying back and fourth, looks energetic yet seems annoyed and antsy. He is loud, aggressive, and continuously interrupts others while they are speaking during his appearance.

Her worship begins by saying “good morning” to Sakakeesic, who then responds by saying “ya it’s morning”, in a seemingly aggressive and sarcastic tone.

Her worship begins to read out the charge that Sakakeesic is charged with, stemming from a May 19h 2018 incident:

  • Assault Police Officer

Furthermore, Her worship informs Sakakeesic that he had an outstanding warrant spanning from April 29th 2018, to May 4th, 2018. That charge is

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  • Failure to comply with probabtion: report to probation within 2 days of release and whenever directed to by your supervisor

At this point Sakakeesic interrupts the court by shouting “Can we get to the point where the crown says it’s a reverse onus and he’s not consenting to my release”.

Everyone in court looks at each other for a brief second, then crown attorney Gordon Fillmore addresses the court, indicating that this is a reverse onus situation, and that he is not consenting to Sakakeesic’s release.

Sakakeesic blurts out “we’re just wasting time” while Her worship, the crown, and duty counsel discuss his return date.

Her worship addresses Sakakeesic and points out to him that she is trying to set his future date.

Duty counsel requests a Tuesday court date for Sakakeesic, and Her worship orders him back for Tuesday.

As Sakakeesic walks out of view of the camera, he says “I’m sorry for the attitude”

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Thunder Bay Police Service Media Release below:

Officers attended a residence on Limbrick Street at 6:00 p.m. on May 19, 2018 and located a 30 year old male wanted on outstanding warrants.

Once the male was outside he became uncooperative with officers.

While attempting to secure him in the police vehicle, the male was resistant and combative.

Rick Sakakeesic, 30 years old, was charged with Assaulting a Peace Officer.

He appeared in court and was remanded into custody.

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