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Investigation begins into arrest by Colchester District RCMP


The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) is investigating an injury suffered by a man during his arrest by a member of the Colchester RCMP.

In the early morning hours of August 19, an officer observed a vehicle stopped in an area where suspicious activity had recently been occurring. The officer approached the vehicle and noticed an odour of alcohol coming from the driver.  Suspecting the driver may be impaired, the officer asked him to provide a breath sample. After several unsuccessful attempts, the male was told he would be arrested for refusal.

When the officer attempted to arrest the 24-year-old male, he resisted and tried to return to his vehicle. It was during the course of his arrest that the suspect suffered an injury to his hand. He was taken to hospital for an assessment and treated for his injury.

SIRT 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 Felix Cacchione.

SIRT 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.

Felix Cacchione


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