A woman who was forcibly removed from the Fleetwood Mac concert at the Canadian Tire Centre last Saturday — for dancing, she says — says she was injured in the incident and is consulting a lawyer.
Annie Phaneuf has posted photos of her bruised face and arms on Facebook. And a spectator from a few seats behind her added video that has been viewed 16,000 times as of Thursday noon, appearing to show two police officers struggling with her.
Phaneuf says that until she talks to a lawyer, she doesn’t want to discuss the details.
Facebook, however, already has much of her story online.
Phaneuf is a Fleetwood Mac fan. She went to the concert with her son, who is 14, and daughter, 12. She writes that the police “just suddenly grabbed me from the first seat next to the ailes (sic) and threw me head first agains(t) the boards.. this is where this footage starts, where I am now being jumped by the two cops, getting me off the floor and my face is pouring blood from a bloody nose, and laceration over my L eye from the board head bashing.. watching this video breaks my heart as I can see how shaken my children are, especially my poor darlin little girl..
“Both my children are traumatized, and so confused by the polices’ behaviour, they feel unsafe and lost faith in our police force..they were kept away from me for 1.5 hrs… cruelty ! All this why, because I was dancing at a concert ?!!”
Ottawa police said they are “reaching out to her” but can’t find any record of her filing a complaint about the incident, and had not yet reached her by Thursday.
Another fan, identified on Facebook as Danny Balleani, posted this account: “Last night at the Fleetwood Mac show in Ottawa, a woman was dancing next to her seat and was told by the security guard to not dance near the aisle. After a few slow songs she got up to dance again when two cops ran up to forcibly handcuff her and drag her away while her kids started crying and begging to let go of their mom. SHE WAS DANCING. AT A CONCERT.”
Balleani is the person who posted the video. He says he has never met Phaneuf.
Phaneuf said Thursday she is “flabbergasted by the reaction this is getting.
“It’s all over Facebook,” she said. A Twitter user shared the original story Wednesday evening and from there it spread fast.
“It’s out of my hands right now. It’s going crazy so I wanted to speak to a lawyer before I speak to anyone else.”
She is hoping the attention will help her find a witness, in particular the woman who took care of her children after she was taken away.
And she has repeatedly asked Facebook members to share the video in the hope of finding more witnesses.
Management of the Canadian Tire Centre has not responded to a request for information.
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