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COVID-19 - Flin Flon Teen coughs in RCMP officer's face

By: Harry Callaghan
Posted: April 7, 2020 07:40

16-year-old faces several charges

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You've heard the stories, people deliberately coughing on food in stores threatening to spread the coronavirus - they've been busted and face heavy penalities. 

In Flin Flon, RCMP allege a 16-year-old boy pulled a similar stunt last Friday - coughing multiple times into an officer's face.  

Police say just before 9:30 pm, they received a report that a 16-year-old male with a knife was on the street making threats to harm an area homeowner. Officers located the youth and placed him under arrest for Uttering Threats and Possession of a Weapon, and he was transported to the Creighton RCMP detachment.

As the youth was being led into the detachment, he began making threats that included references to COVID-19, and then forcefully coughed multiple times into the officer's face. He was then arrested for Assaulting a Police Officer. He was later released to his family.

It is not believed that the youth has COVID-19 but, as a precautionary measure, the officer is self-monitoring.

Sergeant Paul Manaigre of the Manitoba RCMP says "Our officers are focusing on education and are using discretion when it comes to enforcing measures related to COVID-19, however, we will arrest individuals who willfully disregard public health measures and potentially endanger others." 

Flin Flon RCMP continue to investigate.

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