‘Shocked and horrified’: Video shows security in altercation with Indigenous woman

SASKATOON — The owner of a Saskatoon grocery store says he was “shocked and horrified” by a video circulating online showing a security guard in a physical altercation with an Indigenous woman accused of shoplifting. 

Chris Fowler has posted on FreshCo’s Facebook page that the encounter should never have happened and that the security guard’s contract with the store has been terminated.

The nine-minute video posted on social media on Wednesday shows a man kneeling on a woman as he attempts to handcuff her in the store’s parking lot. 

Bystanders question the man’s actions as he and the woman continue to struggle, both yelling for help and making accusations.

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which represents 74 First Nations Saskatchewan, is calling for charges against the guard.

It says Indigenous women are disproportionately targeted and victimized. 

Fowler, a Metis father of two, says the store is co-operating with an investigation into what happened. 

The Canadian Press

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