A 56-year-old woman faces assault charge following an incident at the campaign office of Liberal candidate Marc Serre, running for re-election in Nickel Belt.
In a press release Tuesday, Greater Sudbury Police said the woman had gone to the office and “started yelling and behaving in a hostile manner towards Serre and her staff.”
“Serre was standing between a table and a wall when the woman started pushing the table against him, pinning him against the wall,” police said.
“As he started recording the incident with his cell phone for evidence, she started clapping MP Serre’s hands with her own cell phone in her hand, clapping his hands twice.”
The woman continued to scream, claiming she was injured by one of her campaign signs. She eventually left after repeated requests from staff, police said.
“A little later, as MP Serre was leaving the parking lot of his vehicle, the woman jumped in front of him and started hitting the hood of his vehicle and screaming,” police said.
“She then went to the campaign office to retrieve the personal effects she had left behind. However, the door had already been locked. She then started kicking the door.”
She is now charged with assault with a weapon and will appear in court on November 17 to answer the charge, police said.
“We remind members of the community that violence and harassment against election candidates will not be tolerated and that violators will be held accountable,” police said.
“Politicians are human beings and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, like everyone else. Whether or not you agree with a political party, there are appropriate methods of expressing your questions or concerns that do not include violence, harassment or vandalism. Remember that you will be held accountable for your criminal acts and your choices. “
To report election sign vandalism, file a property mischief report through the online reporting system.
To report a stolen election sign, complete a theft report through the online reporting system.
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