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Officer charged with assault following Black teen’s arrest at Bedford shopping mall

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Nova Scotia’s police watchdog has billed a Halifax Regional Law enforcement officer with assault relating...

Nova Scotia’s police watchdog has billed a Halifax Regional Law enforcement officer with assault relating to the arrest of a Black teen exterior Bedford Place Mall in February.

The 15-yr-aged boy recorded his Feb. 21 arrest on his cellular cell phone as it was happening.

His mom, Troylena Dixon, later on shared photos on Facebook of hand and facial area injuries she stated her son sustained all through the incident. At the time, she said her son recorded the interaction because he thought he was staying racially profiled.

The Critical Incident Response Group, also acknowledged as SIRT, said Const. Mark Pierce is scheduled to appear in Halifax provincial court on Nov. 17, 2020.

In a statement, Halifax Regional Police stated it would review SIRT’s report to identify its up coming steps.

“Adhering to expenses laid by SIRT against one of the officers concerned, this incident will now be matter to the court docket approach, and we will have to enable that course of action to choose its training course,” law enforcement reported.

“Halifax Regional Law enforcement is committed to its initiatives to establish trust with communities we provide. We figure out that this incident has been the issue of important general public curiosity, and in each and every instance, it is vital to permit because of method unfold.”

‘We never live in a police state’

The boy’s law firm, Gordon Allen, reported his shopper and a buddy had been at Sunnyside Mall across the avenue from Bedford Spot Mall on the night time of the arrest. Allen reported the two friends were asked to go away Sunnyside Shopping mall, which they did.

Allen reported the boy was on the telephone with his mom at Bedford Position Shopping mall when he was approached by law enforcement about Sunnyside Mall.

“[The boy] didn’t would like to have interaction them, he was talking to his mom [on the phone] and 1 officer went all around and held up handcuffs and stated words and phrases to the influence of, ‘One working day you happen to be going to be in these,’ or a thing like that, which upset [the boy] and he went exterior,” Allen claimed.

“The police officer turned close to and informed him to get within or he would be arrested or terms to that result, and of study course, a member of the public is allowed to be outside on the sidewalk outside a shopping mall. We never reside in a law enforcement state.”

It was all-around this time the 23-next online video was recorded.

Scuffle read on movie

The movie begins with the boy telling the officers, “I can go within if I want to.”

When just one of the officers responds, “You will get arrested,” the boys asks, “Actually? For what? For talking my mouth? For speaking?”

It can be unclear what the officer states following. The two officers are then seen approaching the boy. A single officer tells the boy that he’s below arrest.

At that point, the video results in being shaky and turns to black.

Troylena Dixon shared images of accidents her son allegedly sustained all through an arrest by Halifax Regional Police in February. A law enforcement officer has given that been billed with assault. (Troylena Dixon)

The boy can be heard telling the officers, “Never you touch me,” to which an officer replies, “You’re under arrest, don’t go.”

A scuffle can be read in the video with the boy asking, “What are you undertaking?”

One particular officer repeats, “You are under arrest, halt resisting.”

The boy responds, “For what? For what?”

‘This can take place to anybody’s child’

Allen noted no one particular at Bedford Position Mall asked for the law enforcement to be there. He explained there had been no grounds for the arrest and no grounds for police to inform the boy to leave the space.

“Was there grounds for the officer to charge at anyone and get them just due to the fact they did not like that the human being did not say, ‘how high?’ when the officer stated soar … that is what it form of appeared like to us,” Allen stated. 

Allen reported the boy’s mom has filed a criticism from police that is individual from the SIRT investigation and said she is also contemplating civil motion towards law enforcement.

As for the boy, Allen said he was shaken in the days and months subsequent the arrest and was ridiculed at school.

“It has been challenging for him but he is a strong younger [person] and he preferred to make a stand on this mainly because he realizes it was wrong. People have to know this can take place to anybody’s kid, anybody’s son, anybody’s daughter,” he claimed.

Halifax Regional Law enforcement Affiliation responds

The Halifax Regional Police Association said it was upset in SIRT’s choice to demand the officer.

“We think he acted in accordance with his training,” the association explained in a statement.

“Like anyone billed with a criminal offence, the officer is presumed harmless right up until tested guilty and we belief that his issue will be judged pretty in court.”

The affiliation explained it would be adhering to the situation with “excellent desire and supporting our member by the courtroom method.”

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