SiRT was contacted just before noon on December 1, by Halifax Regional Police reporting a male who was lodged in their Prisoner Care Facility had sustained a possible broken arm following an altercation involving a booking officer.
An adult male was escorted from a cell to be checked by EHS. While awaiting EHS the male subject kicked a booking officer twice, he was then placed in handcuffs and suffered the injury while being restrained. Investigators have confirmed the injury consists of slight displaced fracture in the shoulder.
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.
Pat Curran; Interim Director