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Criminal Negligence Charge Laid in HRP Cell Death


Today, November 7, John Scott, Interim Director of the Serious Incident Response Team laid a charge of Criminal Negligence Causing Death against Special Constables Daniel Fraser and Cheryl Gardner of the Halifax Regional Police. Both were working as Booking Officers on the night Corey Rogers was arrested and placed in cells at Halifax Regional Police Prisoner Care Facility. S/Cst. Fraser and S/Cst. Gardner will appear in Halifax Provincial Court at 1:30 p.m. today for arraignment.

This investigation was initiated on Thursday June 16, 2016 when Halifax Regional Police (HRP) found Corey Rogers a 41-year-old, unresponsive in their cells at 1:45 a.m.  EHS was called and attended the scene. Corey Rogers was pronounced deceased at 1:53 a.m. on June 16, 2016.

As a result of the death, SiRT was contacted, responded to the scene and commenced an investigation.

Police had responded to the IWK hospital at shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening as a result of a call from the hospital about an unwanted male. They found Rogers outside of the hospital at the University Avenue entrance and arrested him under the provisions of the Liquor Control Act for being intoxicated in a public place. Rogers was taken to HRP headquarters and lodged in cells around 11 p.m.

A complete copy of the report is available at

SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian Interim Director John Scott, who is solely responsible for decisions respecting the laying of any charge.


Media Contact:

John Scott

Interim Director