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Today’s edition of “WTF news” is brought to you courtesy of an Ontario woman that decided to slap a U.S border officer (allegedly), after being denied entry into the US. That’s right, she determined the sure-shot way to “gain entry” into the US was by assaulting a border officer (allegedly).
According to a report from the U.S attorney’s office , Tianna Natasha McPherson, of Kitchener, Ontario was dropped off at the Rainbow Bridge port of entry by a taxi, with the intention to visit the Niagara Falls state park. She was denied entry due to “derogatory information ” on her previous attempts to enter into United States. She was advised to return back to Canada, at which point she became “verbally combative and uncooperative”. McPherson did not wish to go back to Canada and stated that she was a US citizen. She tried to storm out of the lobby and was stopped by a border guard who informed her that she was not to leave and should sit down. According to the report, at this point McPherson asked the officer “What if I punch you in the face?” When the officer ordered her to sit down, “McPherson open-hand slapped the officer on the left side of her face”.
What followed was an arrest on charges of assaulting, resisting, or impeding an officer of the United States. The charge carries a maximum penalty of eight years in prison and a $250,000.
Here is the excerpt of the report:
…on September 2, 2018, the defendant was dropped off at the Rainbow Bridge port of entry by a taxi cab. McPherson stated she intended on visiting the Niagara Falls State Park for a few hours. Due to derogatory information related to the defendant’s previous attempted crossings into the United States, McPherson was referred for a secondary inspection, denied admittance into the United States, and advised that she would be returned to Canada.
At this point, the defendant became verbally combative and uncooperative, indicating she did not want to go back to Canada, and stating that she was an American citizen. However, McPherson offered no credible or verifiable information to support her claim to U.S. citizenship. The defendant stated that she wanted to go before an American judge, and grabbed her baggage, and began walking towards the exit of the lobby. A Customs and Border Protection officer positioned herself in front of the exit and informed McPherson she was not to leave and to sit down. The defendant asked the officer, “What if I punch you in the face?” The officer again ordered McPherson to sit down. The defendant then stated that she wanted to be charged criminally. At this time, McPherson open-hand slapped the officer on the left side of her face. The defendant was subsequently restrained and escorted to a holding cell.
The defendant made an initial appearance this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and is being held. A detention hearing is scheduled for September 13, 2018, at 1:30 p.m.