WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has reached a settlement with a woman who said she was violently tackled by sheriff’s officers inside the Winnipeg courthouse.
Calli Vanderaa filed a statement of claim in February of last year that alleged three security guards tackled her to the ground and one put a knee on the back of her head.
Vanderaa had been shot in 2015, when she was 16, and said she had the run-in immediately after the man accused of shooting her was acquitted.
Vanderaa’s statement of claim said the guards detained her father when he yelled at the accused and then came after her when she started recording their actions on her cellphone.
The government and Vanderaa’s lawyer, Robert Tapper, say they won’t release details of the settlement.
A provincial cabinet order, dated two weeks before the settlement was made official and released, authorized a payment of $35,000 to Tapper’s law firm, but does not specify what for.
“The payment must be made out of the Consolidated Fund and charged against Sheriff Services,” the cabinet order reads.
The government and the sheriffs’ statement of defence denied any inappropriate action.
“The personal defendants deny they retained the plaintiff in a violent manner and say they used reasonable force to restrain and detain the plaintiff,” the statement reads.
Vanderaa and her father were held for six hours in a cell before they were released without charges.
Recording video inside the courthouse is not permitted under a provincewide court policy.
The statement of defence said the officers asked Vanderaa to delete any video or photos she had taken, but she refused to show them she had done so.