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Arrest outside of Westville Pub Investigated
The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has commenced an investigation into the arrest of a 22-year-old male outside of Acropole Pizza on Main St. in Westville just before midnight on November 10, 2015.
At that time police had been called to respond to an altercation involving several people outside that establishment. Members of both the Stellarton and Westville police responded. After their arrival, the male was arrested, and originally placed in a police vehicle. He was later removed from that vehicle to be moved to another. At that time an altercation took place, with the male subsequently lodged in the other car and taken into custody for the night. Medical advice the next morning did not detect any serious injury. However, it was learned this week that the male suffered a broken wrist at some point in the evening.
As a result of the injury, which may have arisen from the actions of police, the matter was reported to SiRT on November 18th, at which time SiRT began its investigation of the matter.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact SiRT, toll free, at 1-855-450-2010.
The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald.
The team can independently begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public.
The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the result of the investigation within three months after it is finished.
Ron MacDonald, QC