Aboriginal Woman Says Vancouver Cops Broke Her Wrist
Vancouver woman says police broke her wrist
April 18, 2013 - CBC News
Vancouver police have refused to comment after a woman accused an officer of breaking her wrist during an arrest last night.
Tanya Belleau, 26, says she was walking home alone when police stopped her at the corner of Hastings and Carrall streets for no apparent reason.
"Two of them were talking to me at the same time, one asked me my name, one asked me where I'm going," said Belleau, an Aboriginal woman who works at a convenience store.
Belleau says she was then handcuffed and her wrist started to hurt, but she was ignored when she told officers the cuffs were on too tight.
Belleau was held in jail overnight, and received no medical attention until she was released and driven to hospital on Thursday.
She now wears a temporary cast and says the x-rays show a broken wrist.
"I don't trust any police officers anymore," said Belleau, adding that this was her first time in custody.
Vancouver Police wouldn't comment publicly on the accusation, saying anyone who has a concern about police behaviour should make a complaint — which Belleau says she intends to do.