The Winnipeg Police announced on Monday that two females have been charged with Assault with a Weapon following an incident in Winnipeg’s downtown neighbourhood on July 4, 2020. The two women, aged 24 and 29, were identified following their actions through a detailed investigation by members of the Winnipeg Police Major Crimes Unit.
Both females were charged with two counts of Assault with a Weapon and were released on a promise to appear in court.
The racially-charged incident, which occurred at roughly 8:00 PM on Saturday, July 4, saw two participants of a ‘Black and Indigenous Lives Matter’ peaceful protest clubbed by hockey sticks at the corner of Carlton and Broadway, downtown. The victims – one male, and one female – suffered wounds to the head, arms and shoulders following an attack from two women who emerged from a car driven near the protest roadblock.
A confrontation leading up to the assault has been documented to include the protestors laying down as if to block the roadway, the exchange of verbal communication with passersby, engagement with the suspects inside the vehicle of note, the reception of racially charged threats and the spraying of a water bottle on the windshield of the suspects’ vehicle, all prior to the hockey stick attack.
With no medical attention nearby, the two injured parties awaited help from local police following a 9-1-1 call from nearby observers. The attack was captured on video and has since been taken down from its original posting form. Names of the suspects and victims have not been released to the public. A court date has yet to be determined.