RCMP lay assault charge after Poundmaker Cree Nation man attacked in Battleford, Sask.

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A screenshot of surveillance video, taken in Battleford, Sask., and provided by Eleanore Sunchild, which shows three men approaching another as he unhooks a trailer. One proceeds to punch him and pull him to the ground by his braid. (Eleanore Sunchild/Facebook - image credit)
A screenshot of surveillance video, taken in Battleford, Sask., and provided by Eleanore Sunchild, which shows three men approaching another as he unhooks a trailer. One proceeds to punch him and pull him to the ground by his braid. (Eleanore Sunchild/Facebook - image credit)

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RCMP have charged a man with one count of assault after a Poundmaker Cree Nation man was attacked Sunday in Battleford, Sask.

In a news release Wednesday afternoon, RCMP said 46-year-old Adam Lesmeister was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with assault. He is scheduled to appear in North Battleford Provincial Court on Aug. 22.

On Sunday, Colby Tootoosis, 40, was returning a trailer he had borrowed from his friends while his six-year-old daughter was sitting in his truck. Surveillance video from high-profile lawyer Eleanore Sunchild's home shows a man approach Tootoosis and punch him in the face. The man then pulls Tootoosis to the ground by his braid and knees him in the face.

The surveillance video shows the man repeatedly shouts, "where are my f---ing pants?"

Two other men were there but did not participate in the attack.

Watch the surveillance video of Tootoosis being attacked here:

In a statement on social media Tuesday, Tootoosis said the man was "aggressively demanding where his stolen property was..including a phone, bag and pants, and stating that they have tracked the phone and pointed to the location."

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) said the attack was racially motivated and called on RCMP to lay charges.

Colby's brother, Mylan Tootoosis, said the family is disappointed by the RCMP's "slow" response time in laying charges and that he believes police would've reacted faster if the man who attacked his brother was Indigenous instead of white.

"They react fast when they're looking for a Native," he told CBC News Wednesday afternoon.

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