A Mountie in Fort McPherson has been cleared of any wrongdoing after a man suffered a badly broken leg he says was caused by the officer when he was arrested.
Rudolph Francis, 25, was arrested last November in Fort McPherson and charged with assault, resisting arrest and breaches of court orders.
He also suffered a broken leg and had to be medevaced to Edmonton for treatment.
According to an email to CKLB from Marie York-Condon, civilian spokesperson for RCMP “G’ Division, Mounties requested an external review of the file on Francis.
She stated that Stettler, Alberta RCMP was chosen to conduct the review because no other agencies were available.
In the past municipal police departments from cities such as Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Edmonton, not other RCMP detachments, have been asked to conduct investigations into alleged RCMP misconduct in the NWT.
York-Condon went on to state that the Stettler investigation is now complete and the results show that it is undetermined if the injury to Francis occurred before or during his arrest.
She stated that as Francis resisted arrest, both he and the RCMP member fell to the ground.
“The fall was accidental and a result of Francis resisting arrest,” York-Condon stated.
She added that it has been determined there was no criminal action on the part of the arresting member.
It should be noted that the charge of resisting arrest was withdrawn by the Crown prosecutor while the assault charge was stayed.
There is no mention in court documents about the officer and Francis falling.
In fact, the resisting is described as Francis merely “pulling away” from the officer.
Earlier this month, Francis was sentenced to time served – about five months – after he was convicted on the breach charge.
Although Francis has told his lawyer he is anxious to tell his full side of the story, efforts to reach him have been unsuccessful.