If you’re a police officer, and your idea of community outreach is beating the hell out of a woman while her 8-year-old son watches, then perhaps you should look into a different line of work: unemployment.
Lana Sinclair, the victim of the beating, has filed a complaint after an officer beat her in her own home, while her son watched the whole time. She told CBC that the police officers showed up at her house on Halloween, to investigate reports of “yelling.” One of the officers spoke to her son, while the other talked to her.
Sinclair said that one of the officers came up to her an “poked” her while she was sitting in a chair in the kitchen. She recalled that she “jumped” and told the officer that “you don’t need to touch me.”
In response to that reasonable request, the perfectly reasonable officer pulled out his baton and proceeded to smash her face in.
Then, not content to just beat her with the baton, the officer used the work table, and then the floor.
The officer handcuffed her, stood her up, and then kicked her feet out from under her. She hit the floor face first.
Sinclair noted that both she and her son were “traumatized” and that “I just hug him and kiss him and tell him it’s okay.”
She noted that all she could think about was her son’s safety, and how traumatized the incident was going to make him when he sees the police. To keep the incident from happening to someone else, she filed a report with Law Enforcement Review Agency (LERA).
There’s just one more thing I want to note: this one is from our neighbors to the North — Lana Sinclair lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It seems like the Canadians were taking notes during Ferguson. It’s also sad that we can see a report like this and safely assume it happened in the United States, unless told otherwise — that speaks volumes about our dysfunctional law enforcement system, doesn’t it?
Taking a page from the United States, the Winnipeg police refused to comment.
You can watch the report below.