Not guilty ver­dict for bad con­duct

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

KENTVILLE, N.S. - A re­servist ac­cused of us­ing an in­ap­pro­pri­ate term for a black co-worker’s hair and of later striking a su­per­vi­sor has been found not guilty. The Aug. 3 court mar­tial de­ci­sion was an­nounced in a news re­lease is­sued by the mil­i­tary on Fri­day.

Cpl. Garett Roll­man was charged with striking his su­pe­rior of­fi­cer and two charges of “con­duct to the prej­u­dice of good or­der and dis­ci­pline” aris­ing out of an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing him­self and an­other worker in the kitchen at the mil­i­tary base in Alder­shot, N.S. Dur­ing the court mar­tial, mil­i­tary judge Cmdr. San­dra Suk­storf heard con­trast­ing views from wit­nesses on whether Roll­man’s use of the word “nappy” on Feb. 20, 2016 to de­scribe Ch­eryl Richard’s hair was in­tended as a racial slur. Richard tes­ti­fied she felt it was meant to be de­ri­sive. How­ever, a black, non­com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer who works with both kitchen staff said he be­lieved Roll­man was at­tempt­ing to ex­plain a video he had been watch­ing with his fi­ancee about black hair. Roll­man’s fi­ancee is also black, Sgt. Christo­pher Jones said.

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