Charge laid after investigation into alleged assault by Manitoba Mountie

SELKIRK, Man. — An RCMP officer in Manitoba is facing a charge of assault with a weapon for allegedly striking a man with a pylon during an arrest.

The Independent Investigation Unit, the province's police watchdog, says in a release that the assault allegedly happened north of Winnipeg last fall.

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It says the 27-year-old suspect was not hurt, but determined it was in the public interest to investigate.

Zane Tessler, the agency's civilian director, says the unit has carried out a thorough and independent investigation and is satisfied there are reasonable and probable grounds to lay the charge.

Const. Paul Lacoursiere, who is with the Selkirk detachment, has met with unit investigators and been notified of the charge.

He is scheduled to appear in Selkirk provincial court on June 14.

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