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CBC News — Altercation between officer, Indigenous girl prompts concerns about police treatment of First Nations

 
Azraya Kokopenace, 14, was found dead in Kenora, Ont., on April 17 after walking away from the hospital where police dropped her off. Her parents are calling for an inquest into her death. (Ontario Provincial Police)

Azraya Kokopenace, 14, was found dead in Kenora, Ont., on April 17 after walking away from the hospital where police dropped her off. Her parents are calling for an inquest into her death. (Ontario Provincial Police)

Video showing an altercation between an Ontario Provincial Police officer and a 14-year-old Grassy Narrows First Nation girl weeks before her death shows a need for improved relations between police and Indigenous people, a Winnipeg professor says.

Azraya Kokopenace was found dead April 17, two days after OPP dropped the teen off at a hospital in Kenora, Ont. She disappeared and her body was found in the woods near the hospital.

Police haven't said why they picked her up in the first place. No foul play is suspected.

On Friday, Kokopenace's parents released footage of their daughter being restrained by a male police officer weeks before she died.

Leah Gazan, an Indigenous activist and University of Winnipeg professor, said the officer could've used less forceful tactics to restrain Kokopenace, who can be seen kicking back in the video as she and the officer struggle on the ground.

 
 

Source

CBC News. (2016, May 16). Altercation between officer, Indigenous girl prompts concerns about police treatment of First Nations | CBC News. Retrieved January 13, 2019, from https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-first-nations-relations-with-police-1.3583335

 
ArticleKarl Patton