First Nations woman sues Ontario for injuries caused by police
Bonnie Muckuck of Mishkeegogamang First Nation had her shoulder broken in 2013 altercation with OPP
A woman from Mishkeegogamang First Nation is seeking $2 million in damages from Ontario after a 2013 altercation with two Ontario Provincial Police officers in Pickle Lake, Ont., left her with a broken shoulder and ribs.
Bonnie Muckuck, 55, is also suing the provincial police for $2 million. The civil actions were filed separately in Ontario Superior Court, but will proceed together, according to Muckuck's lawyer.
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Muckuck was found not guilty last June of assaulting police during the 2013 altercation, in which she was injured. She was also found not guilty of assault on her partner, a complaint that led to her contact with police.
The judge in the assault case ruled that the injuries to Muckuck, whom he described as "frail and bird-like", were caused by police at the time of her arrest.
In addition to the damages, Muckuck is seeking a declaration that her charter rights were infringed upon, according to the statement of claim against Ontario, filed in Superior Court in December.