Protest turns violent, woman arrested after breaking window

A protest against a presentation being made at Queen’s University by University of Toronto Professor of Psychology Jordan Peterson turned violent on Monday night, resulting in injuries, damage to university property and the arrest of a 38-year-old local woman.

She is facing numerous charges after causing damage during a protest and then becoming violent with Kingston Police officers.

On March 5, 2018 at approximately 5:15 p.m. the accused, who is not a student at Queen’s University, was with a group protesting the lecture at Grant Hall on University Avenue. While standing on a window ledge the accused began banging on the window, causing it to break and suffering a minor cut to her hand. The accused then fled, but was stopped by plainclothes officers at University Avenue and Stuart Street. When the officers identified themselves the accused began yelling and attempted to resist arrest by pulling away. Once handcuffed the accused became violent and began kicking at one officer. Uniformed officers responded to assist and during transport to police headquarters the accused attempted to kick out the cruiser window.

Kingston Police say that at police headquarters the accused refused to walk on her own and was uncooperative. She allegedly bit one officer and had to be physically carried into her cell as she continued to be violent. During a search of her property officers say they found a weapon concealed in her backpack, a metal wire with handles which can be used for the strangulation of a victim, commonly known as Garrote.

The accused was charged with mischief, assaulting police, possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, and carrying a concealed weapon. She was held to attend a bail hearing.