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Investigation begins into circumstances surrounding an injury sustained during an arrest by Cape Breton Regional Police
The Province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) is investigating a report of an injury sustained by an individual while being placed under arrest by members of the Cape Breton Regional Police Service.
During the early morning hours of February 4, 2017, the CBRPS received a complaint from the public about a party that was out of hand. Upon arrival police encountered an adult male who resisted arrest. Several hours later the male complained of pain and was treated at CBRH for a broken rib. He was released back into police custody.
As a result of the incident, and in accordance with the Police Act, SiRT was contacted shortly after the incident by the CBRPS and has started an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest.
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.
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.
Diane L. McGrath, QC