Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Newfoundland and Labrador Police Officer Charged with Obstruction of Justice

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Newfoundland and Labrador Police Officer Charged with Obstruction of Justice

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NL officer charged with obstruction

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A police officer who was at the centre of a judicial inquiry into his fatal shooting of an injured Newfoundland worker has been charged with obstructing justice over his handling of an unrelated traffic stop last year.

A news release from the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team issued Wednesday said Const. Joe Smyth was charged in relation to an incident on May 12 in St. John's "that resulted in a traffic violation ticket being issued for an offence that did not occur."

The statement by the Alberta investigators, who were called in at the request of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, does not provide further details on the incident.

Chief Joe Boland of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said at a news conference that Smyth has been suspended from the force without pay until further notice. …

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