Saskatoon Tribal Council lands lawyer for woman in FreshCo video

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Saskatoon Tribal Council lands lawyer for woman in FreshCo video

The Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) has recruited an attorney for the First Nations woman arrested in a social media video in the FreshCo parking lot on 33rd Street West.

Tribe chief Mark Arcand told reporters at a news conference on April 16 that Pfefferle Law had agreed to defend the woman pro bono.

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Global News reached out to Brian Pfefferle, but he didn’t respond.

Arcand said he was withdrawn after seeing the nine-minute video of the Loss Prevention Officer (LPO) attempting to arrest the woman and adding his voice to the call to fire the security guard and consider criminal charges against him, according to Amount of Force that he used.

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“He went extremely overboard and harmed this First Nations lady. There must be consequences for him as an individual and I ask the Crown to take this into account, ”said the tribal chief.

Arcand added it was disappointing to see this, given the work that has been done on reconciliation in the city over the past few years.



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Miller was “disgusted” by a video of clashes with indigenous women outside the grocery store in Saskatoon


Miller was “disgusted” by a video of clashes with indigenous women outside the grocery store in Saskatoon

He asked the woman to contact the STC so they could work with Pfefferle and said he did not know her or her name.

She was charged with theft and assault.

On April 15, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations called for the man to be released and the charges to be reviewed.

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Boss Bobby Cameron told Global News that the 30-year-old woman is from Deschambault Lake, part of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation.

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Security 2J2 offers self-defense courses as well as training for security personnel and LPOs.

The founder, Joel Pedersen, is a former Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) officer.

While he said that every security company will have different protocols for handling potential theft, de-escalating situations and gathering information for the police is the best path for security guards.

“If you can identify the person, you can always track them down and make them available to the police because ultimately the police will investigate and they are the experts,” said Pedersen.


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The video shows the dispute between indigenous women and loss prevention officers


The video shows the dispute between indigenous women and loss prevention officers

The woman who recorded the video said she witnessed the entire argument, starting with the LPO’s first contact with the woman.

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Jade Acikahte said the plainclothes guard approached the woman as she was leaving FreshCo and asked to see the contents in her pockets.

She said the woman agreed and emptied her pockets.

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Acikahte then said the man asked the woman to re-enter the store to view video footage, but she refused to follow him.

“She continued to refuse. She was very calm and strict that she didn’t want to go with him. And then he enabled her to be handcuffed with her hands behind her back, ”she said.

At this point, Acikahte started recording the video on her cell phone.

She said the man never identified himself until he told the crowd what was on the video.

Acikahte said she spoke to the woman after the argument ended and told the woman that she was sorry and that she had taped a video.

“I wish I had just gotten between them. I wish I had enabled her to get away. I mean, maybe that sounds bad. But whether she stole or not, she’s human and she doesn’t deserve what happened to her, ”she said.

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Owner “appalled” after clashing with indigenous women outside his grocery store in Saskatoon


Owner “appalled” after dealing with indigenous women outside his grocery store in Saskatoon

Global News has made several requests for comment from the security company related to this incident but has received no response.

The SPS said there had been no developments or additional charges since April 15.

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