Any chance for a peaceful December in the YWG was shattered yesterday when police responded to a north end murder.
On December 14, 2014, shortly before 6:30 a.m., EMS personnel were dispatched to the area of Burrows Ave and Charles Street regarding the report of a woman being stabbed.
On arrival, a woman suffering multiple stab wounds was located and transported to hospital in critical condition. She has since succumbed to her injuries.
Police have identified the victim as Angela Marie Poorman (29) years of Winnipeg.
The cause of death will be determined after a post-mortem examination is completed.
The investigation is continuing by the Major Crimes Unit.
Anyone with information regarding this matter or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact investigators at (204) 986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).
Sources indicate Poorman is yet another Aboriginal female victim of homicide.
The recently released RCMP National Review report indicates approximately 92% of Aboriginal female murder victims knew their killers.
Eighty-nine percent (89%) of the killers are men.
The perpetrators were identified as spouses, family members, other intimate relationships or acquaintances.
Is Angela Poorman’s homicide consistent with the statistics?
It’s to early to tell.
Police have not released any information regarding the motive for her killing.
Poorman is the twenty-third (23rd) homicide victim reported in Winnipeg in 2014.
All but four (4) or 82% of the killings have been solved.
A total of fifteen (15) or 65% of the victims were killed as a result of stabbings.
On November 21, 2014 at approximately 3:00 a.m., Beatrice Ann Crane (44) was killed after being stabbed in a suite located in the 500 block of Victor Street.
Her killing remains unsolved.
On December 13, 2014, the Winnipeg Free Press published an article penned by Indigineous activist Joan Jack, a lawyer and mother of six children.
The article, titled, “Excuse me, there’s a moose in the room,” confronts the Aboriginal version of the white elephant.
“Aboriginal men kill aboriginal women and girls, rape aboriginal women and girls, beat aboriginal women and girls, and no one is really talking about the moose in our living room,” she writes.
Aboriginal leadership has virtually ignored the reality.
It’s unfortunate Jack used her platform to perpetuate the tired myth that Aboriginal people should fear police.
“Just as I’ve told my young, brown son not to go out with his hoodie up and head down on the streets of Winnipeg.”
“You may get shot by the police, I say.”
“Oh you’re such a drama queen — exaggerating again.”
“No son — just listen to me, pull your hoodie down — please.”
Her son was right.
I defy Ms Jack to provide any substantive evidence that suggests young Aboriginal men with their hoods up need to fear being randomly gunned down by Winnipeg Police Officers.
The fact no such evidence exists doesn’t dissuade her from trying to infect the mind of her young son with baseless anti law enforcement sentiment.
I’m assuming Ms Jack holds the WPS accountable for the killing of Trayvon Martin, a teenaged black youth shot down by an overzealous neighbourhood watch volunteer.
It turned out Martin’s greatest crime was he was wearing a hoody when his killer (George Zimmerman) confronted him.
I don’t get the connection.
While I appreciate Jack’s candour when it comes to confronting violence against women in the Aboriginal community, it would be nice if she could do so without diluting her message by sewing seeds of distrust for law enforcement.
Ms Jack might want to tell her son that Winnipeg Police Officers solve over 90% of homicides perpetrated against Aboriginal women and spend a great deal of time and energy supporting Aboriginal victims of crime in their search for justice.
“When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change.” – Dr Wayne W Dyer
Previous dates when Winnipeg Recorded the 23rd Homicide of the year;
2013 – Nov 15
2012 – Sept 29
2011 – July 19 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – Total of 22 Homicides Reported
2009 – Oct 11
2008 – Oct 30
2007 – Oct 23
2006 – Total of 22 Homicides Reported*
2005 – Oct 14
2004 – Sept 30 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)
*Murder of Stephen Pelletier on Oct 4 added to stats as homicide #23 once charges were laid. Pelletier case originally reported as a missing person.