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Police watchdog investigating after woman breaks nose, arm in Portage la Prairie

July 8, 2022  By Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

July 7, 2022, Portage la Prairie, Man. – Manitoba’s Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) has announced they will investigate after a woman in custody was left with a broken nose and broken bones in her arm and wrist after force was used to restrain her.

According to the IIU, which investigates all serious incidents involving police in Manitoba including deaths and what they deem to be serious injuries, they were notified by RCMP on July 5 about an incident that occurred on July 1.

RCMP told the IIU that on July 1, officers responded to a call for service in Amaranth, Man., and soon after a female was arrested, and she was transported to Portage La Prairie to be held in custody.

RCMP said that once the female was in a holding cell, an incident occurred that required officers to use force to restrain her, and after the incident, she complained of pain in her hand, face, and arm.


The woman was transported to Portage District General Hospital for treatment, where it was learned she had sustained a broken nose and a broken right arm and wrist.

The IIU said in a news release that a broken arm or wrist is defined as a “serious injury” under IIU regulations, so they are now mandated to investigate the July 1 incident.

They are also asking that any witnesses or other individuals who may have information or video footage that could assist their investigation contact the IIU.

Because the investigation is ongoing, the IIU said they will release no further details at this time.

– Winnipeg Sun

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