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Video showing woman knocked out, dragged to RCMP cell prompts lawsuit, call for investigation


November 10, 2020

Officers surround Genesta Garson, 19, after she was punched in the face and knocked unconscious by a community safety officer in Thompson, Man. (RCMP security footage)

A First Nations woman was knocked unconscious at an RCMP detachment in Thompson, Man., and despite the act being caught on video, no formal investigation was launched and the woman says she was bullied into withdrawing her complaint against the officers involved.

The video, which CBC News obtained through a court application, has one former police watchdog calling for a full probe, and has prompted a lawsuit alleging she was discriminated against because she is Indigenous. Garson is a member of Tataskweyak Cree Nation.

Genesta Garson was 19 years old when she was picked up by two community safety officers on Jan. 6, 2018 outside of the Northern Inn in Thompson, a city of about 13,000 in northern Manitoba, on the suspicion of being drunk.


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