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NWT: Police drag teenage girl through snow during arrest

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The video posted on Facebook shows that the teenager was dragged through the snow for around ten seconds.


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On the night of February 9, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers dragged a 16-year-old girl by the arms through the snow during her arrest in Behchokǫ̀, Northwest Territories.< /p>

As she is a minor, she cannot be named to protect her identity. However, she told CBC/Radio-Canada that she felt humiliated by this intervention which she considers aggressive and unnecessary.

Corporal Matt Halstead, spokesperson for the RCMP in the NWT, responds in an email that the arrest took place because the teenager allegedly punched an officer in the face and adds that charges have been filed against her.

There will be no internal investigation into the officer's behavior during this arrest, the email also indicates.

The four-minute video, posted to Facebook on February 10 and viewed thousands of times, begins by showing the teenager sitting in the snow while the two officers stand. At one point, she stands up, and the officers each grab one of her arms and force her forward. She seems to want to resist.

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Ten seconds later, she falls in the snow, and the Officers drag her to their vehicle. The footage shows that his t-shirt was rolled up to the point of showing a good portion of his back. The officers then lift the girl into the vehicle.

The teenager explains that she was in tears: I've never been treated like this!

The teenager says that before the arrest, she was at a party with her boyfriend and that she was intoxicated. He remembers that they were arguing when the officers arrived.

They said two boys hit me […] When none of that happened. I was not beaten. She said she tried to leave, but the entrance was blocked, including by boys and officers.

Everyone was talking at the same time and I was drunk. I felt like my head was going to explode, she continued, adding that one of the officers grabbed her by the hair.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">According to Corporal Matt Halstead, officers had gone to another residence when they were called to reports of a fight taking place nearby. While they were speaking with the people involved, the teenager in the video attacked one of the officers by punching him in the face, explains the corporal. She was arrested, then resisted them when they wanted to take her to the police vehicle, he explains.

The 16-year-old girl would not say whether she hit the officer or not, but said she was unable to stand because she was drunk.

Teen spent almost 13 hours in a cell to sober up.< /p>

I was in shock. I kept pacing back and forth. I didn't know what to do, said his mother, who had already seen the video when the RCMP contacted her.

Seeing someone dragging my daughter like that is disturbing. I cried.

As there was a communication problem picking up the teenager , she remained in the holding cell.

Tom Engel, lawyer and member of the Alberta branch of the Criminal Trial Lawyers' Association, wonders why she wasn't taken home.

She didn&#x27 ;shouldn't have been detained unless they thought she was going to reoffend or not show up in court or something.

With information from Luke Carroll

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116