Former director of Ontario’s police watchdog questions force used by Thompson RCMP officer – CBC

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Former director of Ontario’s police watchdog questions force used by Thompson RCMP officer – CBC

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New court documents show RCMP officer hit First Nations man after he threw a hat

Mar 02, 2021

The former head of Ontario’s police watchdog is questioning the force a Thompson RCMP officer used against a First Nations man, who was punched twice by the officer after throwing a hat at him.

Howard Morton, who served as the director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) from 1992 to 1995, said an officer has the right to defend himself but only to a certain extent.

“We can only use the amount of force required to defend ourselves,” said Morton. “And maybe one punch might have been [self-defence] if he thought he was going to do something else, but why the second punch?”

Morton’s comments come following a CBC Investigation that revealed Const. Jeremiah Dumont-Fontaine punched 50-year-old Brian Halcrow twice after Halcrow threw a hat at him following an altercation outside the Thompson Inn in June of 2019.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/thompson-iiu-force-rcmp-wfpcbc-cbc-1.5932622

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