Black man beaten, stabbed by group of 5 in Brandon

By | September 4, 2020

A Black man was verbally attacked with racial slurs then stabbed multiple times in a Brandon skate park on Thursday.

Now two women have become the first people in the western Manitoba city to be charged with public incitement of hatred.

Officers were called about a group of five people assaulting the man and went to the Kristopher Campbell Memorial Skate Plaza at Ninth Street and Princess Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The man had tried to leave as the racial slurs began, to avoid a confrontation, but the group blocked him then attacked him, Staff Sgt. Brian Partridge said. It ended with the man being stabbed five times.

The man was taken to hospital by a witness before police arrived. He remains in hospital in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery, Partridge said.

Brandon police believe this is the first time they have used the Criminal Code charge public incitement of hatred. (Riley Laychuk/CBC)

A video shows the man being punched and kicked, police said in a news release. At one point he tries to defend himself and holds one of the attackers down, and then a woman pulls out the knife and stabs him repeatedly in the side of his abdomen, police said.

The altercation ends as the man walks away, bleeding from his wounds. The woman who stabbed him had slashed the tires of his vehicle before the stabbing, police said.

A patrol officer later found a woman, matching the description of one of the suspects, walking a couple of blocks away. She had blood on her clothing and a blood-stained knife in her pocket, police said.

That woman, a 23-year-old from Brandon, was arrested and is charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, mischief to property, public incitement of hatred and failure to comply with a court order.

Another woman, a 20-year-old from Sioux Valley, was found nearby and also arrested. She is charged with assault, public incitement of hatred, public mischief and failure to comply with a court order.

Police are still looking for three other people involved in the attack.

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