Canada 2 Halifax police employees charged in police cell death

05:21  08 november  2017
05:21  08 november  2017 Source:   CBC

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Two special constables with Halifax Regional Police have been charged with criminal negligence causing death after a 41-year-old man was found dead in a police station cell last year.

Two Halifax Regional Police booking officers have been charged in the death of a man in a police cell 17 months ago. “Proper care of those in custody is a priority for us and, as such, we review and enhance our practices and are confident in our employees ’ ability to appropriately manage the care of

Two special constables with Halifax Regional Police have been charged with criminal negligence causing death after a 41-year-old man was found dead in a police station cell last year.

Corey Rogers was found unresponsive in a cell in the early-morning hours of June 16, 2016. Paramedics were called, but Rogers could not be revived.

Rogers had been arrested for public intoxication the previous evening outside the IWK Health Centre. His mother, Jeannette Rogers, said his death came just hours after the birth of his daughter.

"They're doing OK," she said. "His partner is now raising an almost 17-month child on her own."

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HALIFAX — Two special constables in Halifax are facing charges following the death last year of a 41-year-old man arrested for public drunkeness and later found unresponsive in a police holding cell .

HALIFAX — Two special constables have been charged with criminal negligence in the death of a 41-year-old man who died in a Halifax police cell after being picked up for public drunkenness. Corey Rogers was found unresponsive in police cells at 1:45 a.m. on June 16

Two special constables with Halifax Regional Police have been charged with criminal negligence causing death in relation to a death in cells at the police station in June of last year.© Robert Short/CBC Two special constables with Halifax Regional Police have been charged with criminal negligence causing death in relation to a death in cells at the police station in June of last year.

The case was handed to Nova Scotia's Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT), which investigates serious allegations against police forces. SIRT in turn referred the case to prosecutors in Manitoba because the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service wanted to avoid any appearance of conflict.

"Wherever the investigation was taking them, it was getting too close for comfort for what, I guess, they felt was proper," said SIRT's acting director John Scott.

Special Const. Daniel Fraser and Special Const. Cheryl Gardner were each charged with criminal negligence causing death on Tuesday. Both were working as booking officers on the night of Rogers's arrest, SIRT said.

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HALIFAX — Two special constables have been charged with criminal negligence in the death of a 41-year-old man who died in a Halifax police cell after being picked up for public drunkenness. Corey Rogers was found unresponsive in police cells at 1:45 a.m. on June 16

HALIFAX — Two special constables have been charged with criminal negligence in the death of a 41-year-old man who died in a Halifax police cell after being picked up for public drunkenness. Corey Rogers was found unresponsive in police cells at 1:45 a.m. on June 16

Halifax Regional Police said the force would not be able to comment on the matter while it is before the courts.

"Proper care of those in custody is a priority for us, and as such, we review and enhance our practices and are confident in our employees' ability to appropriately manage the care of people in custody," HRP said in a statement.

Rogers's death had also been the subject of a Police Act investigation, but that has been put on hold pending the outcome of the criminal charges.

Jeannette Rogers has proposed restorative justice to police as a way to settle her son's case.

Corey Rogers, 41, died in June 2016 while in police custody.© CBC Corey Rogers, 41, died in June 2016 while in police custody.

"I'm looking for changes to be made in their policies and the fact that they have to follow their policies," she said.

Rogers said police have yet to respond to her proposal.

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