Sport Chek employee seen attacking BLM protesters with hockey stick in Winnipeg
A Sport Chek employee is the subject of a police investigation after a disturbing video emerged of the woman attacking two peaceful protestors with a hockey stick in Winnipeg.
The violent assault occurred on Saturday evening, during a Black and Indigenous Lives Matter rally.
One of the people attacked, Theo Landry, told the Winnipeg Free Press that he and his friend Judith were lying in the street and blocking traffic as part of the protest before the incident occurred.
(who I later learned go by the names Theo and Judah) were doing what they do best, protesting. But the traffic started getting testy and yelling for them to get off the road. Eventually, most people just drove around them to get on their way,— BLM ✊ (@CookeyyGam) July 5, 2020
Landry said a car with four occupants eventually pulled up and a woman began yelling slurs at them, as well as making multiple threats that they would "get hurt."
In response, Landry moved to let vehicles pass, but the woman stepped out of the car with a hockey stick.
In the disturbing video posted by a third-party, the Sport Chek employee is seen chasing Landry with the hockey stick. Judith hurries forward to intervene, and the woman turns on her instead.
but not these guys...— BLM ✊ (@CookeyyGam) July 5, 2020
They initially got out of their vehicles and were yelling at the protesters but then it quickly escalated... These guys drove ahead and stopped suddenly and got down from their vehicles and this is what proceeds... pic.twitter.com/PHkZsj9B1B
Judith retained an injury to her head during the altercation, which is bleeding in the video.
Landry did not report any injuries, but his phone was taken by the attackers. When he eventually retrieved it, the phone had a cracked screen and a missing case.
Or the part where one of the girls steals Theo's phone when it drops on the floor and they run and get into their car and drive off.— BLM ✊ (@CookeyyGam) July 5, 2020
But you can see the aftermath of the assault though.. pic.twitter.com/UoeYi56UoJ
According to multiple reports, the Winnipeg Police Service is now investigating the incident and are asking anyone with information to contact police.
Sport Chek has also said that they're aware of the incident and have "taken steps" to address the matter internally.
The violent behaviour seen in this video is not tolerated and does not reflect the SportChek brand or values. We have taken steps to address this matter.— Sport Chek (@SportChek) July 7, 2020
Multiple Canadians have reached out on social media to express their support for Landry and Judith following the attack on Saturday.
"I don't care if they were on the road, that never EVER justifies this level of immaturity and violence," one person wrote.
"This kind of violence against BLM protestors happened in Winnipeg," another person wrote. "If you honestly can't handle a peaceful protest, and your actions are to attack them, you are the problem."
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