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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Two police officers approached a young man who was waiting on Pizza Corner for his friend and instantly began accosting him for "being drunk in public", I must reiterate that this man was standing with two of his friends minding his business not bothering anyone. These two officers then put him in handcuffs, forced him to the ground and refused to give up their names, badge numbers, sergeant names, etc. Two police cars arrived on the scene and promptly took away this man for "being drunk in public" aka standing on the street. Obviously upset, I called the HRM Police non-emergency hotline to voice my complaints and was told that a sergeant would return my call and would deal with it himself. The sergeant did call me back, which I was very appreciative of and asked me to tell him what had happened. When I had finished I was told that the HRM Police force reserve the right to apprehend anyone that they feel is causing a "public nuisance" when I further explained that this poor guy was merely waiting for his friend to get a poutine I was told (very sternly, and aggressively) that the police officers acted correctly, and that my phone call was wasted.
I have lost all faith in the Halifax Regional Police after dealing with them this evening. Not only did these two police officers blatantly abuse their power by forcing this individual to the ground and into handcuffs on a whim, and then brought him into custody, but then, when I exercised my right to lodge a formal complaint against such abuses of power I was chastised for it. It is a sad, sad day when a citizen looses faith in the police force and an even sadder day when the police don't care about it. —Shocked and Appalled
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