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SiRT Investigates Arrest by Musquodoboit Harbour RCMP
Just before midnight Friday, Musquodoboit Harbour RCMP received a complaint involving an impaired driver who was believed to be in possession of a firearm. Police responded and located the vehicle in question. After pulling the vehicle over the 33-year-old male driver ran from police. He sustained an injury after he entered a wooded area. He was arrested by the responding police officer and taken to hospital to determine the extent of his injuries. It was learned late Saturday afternoon that he had suffered a broken orbital bone.
As a a result of that injury the matter was referred to SiRT who have commenced an investigation into the circumstances of the arrest.
The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, which includes allegations of sexual assault. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald.
The Team can independently launch an investigation, or begin one 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 results of the investigation within three months after it is finished.
Ron MacDonald, QC