In December of 2009 the media was in an uproar over the alleged use of excessive force by Winnipeg police when they arrested Cody Bousquet.
Allegations of police misconduct filled the air.
In January of 2010 the Winnipeg Police Service decided to call in the RCMP to conduct a review of the incident. The intent of the review was to determine if members of the Winnipeg Police Service used excessive force in arresting Bousquet. One of the reasons the RCMP was asked to do the review was that one of the officers involved was the current Chief’s nephew.
As the investigation has now been ongoing for close to 2 years I decided to follow-up to determine if any progress has been made.
I first contacted the Winnipeg Police Service to inquire as to the status of the investigation and received the following reply:
This investigation is being handled by the RCMP and therefore all questions pertaining to the investigation should be directed to them.
I then contacted the RCMP and asked them the same question. The RCMP replied with this statement:
The RCMP is not in a position to comment on this specific matter at this time.
Generally, only in the event that an investigation results in the laying of criminal charges, would the RCMP confirm its investigation, the nature of any charges laid and the identity of the individual (s) involved.
Despite the fact that the RCMP would seem to have a policy on not confirming they are conducting an investigation until such time as charges are laid, I found an interesting quote in an article by Chris Ketching where the RCMP did in fact comment on and confirm that they were investigating the Bousquet matter.
The RCMP has been made aware of this apparent contradiction. No response at the time of this writing.