(SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON) – On April 23, 2019 at 5:42 p.m., a member of the Sioux Lookout Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was approached by a member of the public with concerns regarding the personal safety of an individual. The officer was asked to handle a persons child because the child was drunk and disorderly.
This teenage suspect was known to police and was located highly intoxicated on Fifth Avenue. The officer attempted to effect an arrest and was physically assaulted by the individual which involved being kicked and spit on. The officer was alone at this time and is presumed to have called for backup which arrived very rapidly.
This is not new for the Sioux Lookout OPP, officers are constantly assaulted and spit on in the course of their duty. It is truly a hard job to be an officer in this community.
Posted by Pino Demasi on Thursday, April 25, 2019
As a result, a 16-year-old young person of Sioux Lookout, who cannot be identified as per the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), was charged with the following offences:
- Assault with intent to resist arrest contrary to section 270(1)(b) Criminal Code (CC);
- Assault a Peace Officer contrary to section 270 (1)(a) CC;
- Assault contrary to section 266 CC;
- Fail to Comply with Sentence Order contrary to section 137 YCJA.
The accused was held in custody and had a bail hearing on April 24, 2019 at the Dryden Ontario Court of Justice.
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