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SiRT Begins Investigation into Arrest of Youth by Halifax Regional Police

The province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has commenced an investigation into the arrest of a 15-year old male by members of the Halifax Regional Police (HRP) on February 21, 2020.

The youth who was arrested and taken into custody outside of the Bedford Place Mall sustained injuries during his interaction with police. As a result, HRP referred the matter to SiRT.

As the investigation continues, SiRT is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to please contact them at 1-855-450-2010 with any information they may have.

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.

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