Police are searching for a man in Canada who reportedly punched a nurse in the face multiple times after she gave a COVID-19 vaccine to his wife.
At around 9:15 a.m., a man walked into a pharmacy in Sherbrooke, a city in southern Quebec, and accused a nurse in her 40s, who police have yet to name, of vaccinating his wife, Sherbrooke police spokesman Martin Carrier shared with CNN.
“Right at the beginning, the suspect was very angry, very aggressive, he asked the nurse why she vaccinated his wife without approval, without his consent,” Carrier shared. “And he punched her right in the face multiple times so the nurse didn’t have the time to defend or explain herself … and she fell to the ground and the suspect left running out of the drugstore.”
It should be noted there are no laws in Canada that say individuals require their spouses’ permission to get vaccinated, and it is not clear if his wife had given consent.
The nurse was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance where she was treated for the “multiple injuries to the face” he said.
Brunet Pharmacy’s parent company, The Jean Coutu Group Inc., declined to comment but informed CNN they “fully condemn this act which is unacceptable towards the pharmacy teams who have been providing essential services since the beginning of the pandemic.”
Last week in New York City, a fight broke out at Carmine’s Italian Restaurant between three female tourists and a hostess over proof of vaccination, resulting in their arrests.
The restaurant released clearer surveillance footage this past week revealing the three tourists surrounding the hostess before a fight broke out.
“Three women brutally attacked our hosts without provocation, got arrested and charged for their misconduct, and then, over the last several days, had their lawyer falsely and grossly misrepresent their acts of wanton violence in a cynical attempt to try to excuse the inexcusable,” Carmine’s owner Jeffrey Bank said in a statement, according to WABC.
The three Texas tourists, all of whom are Black – Kaeita Nkeenge Rankin, 44, Tyonnie Keshay Rankin, 21, and Sally Rechelle Lewis, 49 – were arrested and charged with assault and criminal mischief following the incident.
“It is unfortunate that Carmine’s and their hostess were able to lie to the police to avoid being held accountable for this hostess’ racism. She physically and verbally provoked [the] confrontation, and then played the victim to criminalize these three Black women,” Justin Moore, an attorney for the women, rebutted, according to PIX11.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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