Winnipeg police charge two women after protesters hit with hockey stick

A woman swings a hockey stick at a Black and Indigenous Lives Matter protester. (Screenshot)

Winnipeg police have charged two women accused of hitting protesters with a hockey stick at a Black and Indigenous Lives Matter rally, last month.

Police say on July 4th, just after 8 p.m., officers responded to a report of an assault that had occurred on the roadway at Broadway and Carlton Street. A man and a woman were taking part in a demonstration at the Manitoba legislature when they were involved in a confrontation with the occupants of a vehicle.

During the confrontation, the man and the woman were struck with a hockey stick by the vehicle occupants. Police say neither victim required medical attention.

Women get out of a sedan and use a hockey stick to hit protesters. (Screenshot)

Video of the incident was widely shared on social media.

An investigation by members of the Major Crimes Unit led to two suspects being identified.

Two women, 24 and 29 years old, have been charged with assault with a weapon x2. They were released on appearance notices.

Police did not name the women charged.