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Five arrested at memorial for B.C. Indigenous woman after Victoria police chief allegedly assaulted

Victoria Police Chief Constable Del Manak speaks during a press conference at the Victoria Police Headquarters in Victoria, B.C., on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Five people were arrested after the chief of the Victoria Police Department had liquid poured on him while attending a ceremony for an Indigenous woman killed during a wellness check. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito. CAH

Five people were arrested after the chief of the Victoria Police Department had liquid poured on him while attending a ceremony for an Indigenous woman killed during a wellness check.

Victoria police say Chief Del Manak was attending an event at the B.C. legislature organized to pay tribute to Chantel Moore, an Indigenous woman from British Columbia who was killed by New Brunswick police during a wellness check in 2020.

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The police department says the incident occurred after a traditional blanketing ceremony, with one suspect pouring liquid on the police chief.

Police say Manak was unharmed and had been invited to the ceremony by Moore’s mother.

The department says several other people were arrested while officers went to arrest the initial suspect.

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There’s no word on what charges the accused may face.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2021.

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