Native Man Files Complaint Against P. A. Police

Wednesday, July 02, 2003 at 15:39




A First Nations man who claims he was assaulted by police officers in Prince Albert has registered a formal complaint.


George Bird, a 30 year-old artist living in the city, says he was arguing with his sister at a house party on June 17th when he was roughed up by police officers.


Bird claims to have suffered a dislocated shoulder as a result of the incident, as well as an assortment of

other injuries.


The police service has stated its officers are allowed to use whatever force they feel is necessary to control or arrest a suspect who is not complying with an officer¹s orders.


Constable Kelly Mclean adds complaints of this nature do happen from time to time, but says the police service has nothing to hide.


He adds out-of-town investigators will look at the complaint and will then decide if disciplinary action is necessary.


Currently, the Prince Albert police service only has three First Nations people on its payroll but Mclean

says they are hoping to change that in the near future.