A 12-year-old Syrian refugee now has a criminal record after she called 911 60 times between July and August last year and assaulted a police officer.
According to the Winnipeg Free Press, the court heard that the girl and her sister “used different cell phones they found, making false reports that were designated as high-priority and wasted police’s time.”
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After a call on August 24, police responded to the family's home, taking attention away from a bomb threat downtown. When officers arrived, the girl punched one and tried to hit him a second time. She also threatened to kill the officers and make false allegations that the police had “touched her”.
“I am going to work for ISIS. I hate you guys,” she told police according to details shared in court during her sentencing.
In her statement to police she said she thought the 911 calls were “funny” and she'd do them again. She ended up spending 21 days in jail at the Manitoba Youth Centre following the charges.
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The girl was sentenced to one year probation, 75 hours of community service and told to write apology letters to the officers.
Her defense lawyer says the girl and her sister are now receiving counselling with help from an Arabic translator.
“(She) has learned more and more that what she did was wrong and also that saying she wanted to work with ISIS was wrong because they were the very people that were trying to hurt her and her family,” her lawyer said.
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