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Third Investigation Within 24 Hours - Man Suffers Fracture in Leg During Struggle With Kentville Police
The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) is investigating its third new matter within the last 24 hours.
Shortly before 7 a.m. Friday morning the Kentville Police received a 911 call from a 31-year-old male who works at a business in the Kentville Industrial Park. Upon arrival, officers concluded the circumstances justified placing the man in custody and taking him to hospital under the provisions of the Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act. A struggle ensued during which time the police used a conducted energy weapon. The man was placed into custody and taken to the Valley Regional Hospital. While there, it was discovered that he had suffered a fracture in his leg.
As a result of that injury, the Kentville Police contacted SiRT who have assumed responsibility for the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the man’s arrest.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call SiRT 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