It was Halloween night and Lana Sinclair said she was just trying to get her young son to hurry up so trick-or-treating could commence.
Then police showed up at her door in Winnipeg, Manitoba, over reports of yelling, Sinclair told CBC News. While one cop chatted with her boy, Sinclair said the other officer started getting physical with her.
"He came up to me and poked me," she told CBC. "I was sitting on a chair in the kitchen and I jumped up and said you don't need to touch me."
With that Sinclair said the officer began hitting her with a baton on her arms and legs before she fell to the floor. She added that the officer had one of her arms behind her and smashed her face on her sewing table, CBC noted.
Then Sinclair said she was handcuffed, made to stand up, and had her feet kicked out from underneath her — and again fell and landed on her face.
"We were both traumatized," Sinclair said in reference to her and her son. "I just hug him and kiss him and tell him it's okay." CBC reported her son's age as 8; CTV noted it as 9.
After an ambulance crew checked on Sinclair's injuries, she said paramedics told police to take her to a hospital for treatment, CBC reported. Then they took Sinclair to the police station, where she said the sergeant on duty was furious at the officers after she told him what happened.
"I don't have a record, even as a youth, I've always helped others to better themselves and their lives and myself," Sinclair told CTV. "And even my (other) son is a police officer."
TheBlaze on Wednesday asked Winnipeg police for the officers' side of story and to review a police report, but the department only said that it had received a complaint that's "currently being investigated by our Professional Standards Unit. There are no further details at this time."
Sinclair was charged with assaulting and resisting a peace officer, CBC reported. But she filed a complaint with a police review board and hired an attorney to get her charges dropped.
But official channels might prove fruitless, as the commissioner of the police review board told CTV that out of hundreds of complaints only four to six made it to a hearing; the others were abandoned, mostly due to insufficient evidence.
"There's always a bad apple in the bunch that makes it look bad for the rest," Sinclair told CTV.
Here's a CTV report on Sinclair's account:
(H/T: The Raw Story)