Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Halifax Police Deleted Video of Man's Arrest, Man Tells Independent Watchdog

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Halifax Police Deleted Video of Man's Arrest, Man Tells Independent Watchdog

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Police deleted arrest video, N.S. man claims

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's independent police watchdog is probing allegations that Halifax police deleted a cellphone video of an arrest outside a downtown bar last month.

The Serious Incident Response Team said Monday a man told them he had taken video of a friend's April 27 arrest for public intoxication.

The man said he was also arrested on the same charge, and when his phone was returned to him the next morning, the video had been removed.

SIRT director Ron MacDonald said the independent unit decided the complaint, received on Thursday, raised issues of "significant public interest" under its mandate.

"We know that those types of videos can sometimes provide very important evidence in matters involving police and public interactions," said MacDonald.

"And the action of erasing something like that would go unfortunately a very long way into destroying the public's trust in the police, if they were seen taking active steps to eliminate evidence. …

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