SIRT rules no charges jus­ti­fied as a re­sult of of­fi­cer’s ac­tions

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY -

A Colch­ester District RCMP of­fi­cer used rea­son­able and jus­ti­fied force when he took a man into cus­tody, who sub­se­quently in­jured his hand.

The prov­ince’s Se­ri­ous In­ci­dent Re­sponse Team (SIRT) re­leased its re­port re­gard­ing the Aug. 20, 2018 ar­rest of a 24-year-old male by a mem­ber of the Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice (RCMP), Colch­ester District.

In the early morn­ing hours of Aug. 19, an of­fi­cer ob­served a ve­hi­cle stopped in an area where sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity had re­cently been oc­cur­ring. The of­fi­cer ap­proached the ve­hi­cle and no- ticed an odour of al­co­hol com­ing from the driver. Sus­pect­ing the driver was im­paired, the of­fi­cer asked him to pro­vide a breath sam­ple. Af­ter sev­eral un­suc­cess­ful at­tempts, the male was told he would be ar­rested for re­fusal.

When the of­fi­cer at­tempted to ar­rest the sus­pect, he re­sisted and tried to re­turn to his ve­hi­cle. It was dur­ing the course of his ar­rest that the sus­pect suf­fered an in­jury to his hand. He was taken to hos­pi­tal for an as­sess­ment and treated for his in­jury.

The ev­i­dence showed the po­lice had the right to ar­rest the man, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. The force used to con­trol the man was rea­son­able and jus­ti­fied as nec­es­sary, to pro­tect the of­fi­cer. No ex­ces­sive force was used and the male’s hand was frac­tured un­in­ten­tion­ally, as a re­sult of the strug­gle with po­lice. There­fore, is was de­ter­mined, no charges were war­ranted against the of­fi­cer.

The full re­port is avail­able at http://sirt.no­vas­co­tia.ca.

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