Indigenous woman claims Winnipeg cab driver assaulted her


A 19-year-old Indigenous lady says she was assaulted by a Winnipeg cab driver who she believed was probably making an attempt to abduct her.

Serenity Morrisseau has scapes and bruises from the ordeal over the weekend.

However the cab firm says it was the driving force who was being attacked.

Morrisseau says early Sunday morning she and two mates have been in a Unicity cab on Portage Avenue. She says in the course of the journey the driving force tried to pawn them off to a different taxi providing to take them to a celebration.

“I started to videotape because I felt unsafe.” stated Morrisseau

Morrisseau says that upset the driving force and he slammed his brakes and stopped the automobile on Arlington and Portage.

She says her two mates who have been within the cab jumped out and so did the driving force.

She says she couldn’t get out as a result of the driving force punched her 4 instances by way of a window, and bought again within the driver seat and took off. Morrisseau says she was midway out of the door.

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“I could feel like the burning of my feet coming from being dragged like 30 kilometres an hour down Arlington,” stated Morrisseau.

In video taken by one among her mates, you possibly can see taillights within the distance and somebody yelling for assist.

Skye Templeton says all she may take into consideration was getting her good friend out of the taxi.

“Such a helpless feeling like you’re left with, my friend could have been gone,” stated Templeton. Morrisseau says she bruised her arms and broke her nails when she squeezed her arms between the cab’s plastic defend and ceiling and grabbed the driving force’s eyes and brow, forcing him to cease. She says he pulled her out of the cab and witnesses got here to assist her.

“I really didn’t know where he was going to take me, I just didn’t want to get to the point where I found that out,” stated Morrisseau.

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The 19-year-old has the help of the Meeting of Manitoba Chiefs. Grand Chief Arlen Dumas says adjustments have to be made within the taxi trade as a result of Indigenous ladies don’t really feel protected in a cab. “I would expect that a cab would be a place of safety, would be a place of sanctuary,” stated Dumas Unicity tells a really completely different story.

Common Supervisor Satwinder Shahi says the driving force is the sufferer.

“Bruises on his eyes and his whole t-shirt was ripped off,” stated Shahi.

Shahi says the battle started when one of many passengers opened a beer and refused to put on a masks.

He says the passengers started attacking the driving force and that’s why he stopped the taxi and bought out. He says as soon as two of them left the automobile, the driving force determined to drop Morrisseau off down the road to keep away from battle with all three.

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“Only third one who was in the car and was aggressive and drunk he preferred to drop her off like 500 metres from there.” Unicity says the emergency strobe gentle on the cab was not activated. It additionally says police have the video and audio from contained in the cab.

The Winnipeg Police Service says it’s investigating, including each events have reported assaults and each had seen accidents.

Serenity Morrisseau’s mother Tracy Bone says a peaceable gathering is deliberate Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. for individuals to voice comparable considerations and supply resolutions. She says they are going to meet on the camp on the legislative grounds to debate the route for the occasion.