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SiRT – Broken Collarbone leads to investigation
Early on Friday, August 26, 2016, members of the Pictou RCMP responded to a complaint of a fight between two males in Pictou Landing, Nova Scotia. As a result of the altercation, a 22-year-old male was stabbed by a 32-year-old male, suffering non-life threatening injuries.
When police arrived and attempted to arrest the 32-year-old male, a struggle occurred. After the male was subdued and taken into custody, he complained of an injury to his shoulder. He was later taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured collarbone. He was treated and released back to the RCMP.
As a result of the serious injury, SiRT was contacted shortly after 3 p.m. on August 26 by the RCMP. At that time SiRT assumed responsibility for the investigation into the injury suffered by the 32-year-old male.
Anyone who may have witnessed that arrest of the male 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.
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