July 24, 2014 10:07 am

Halifax police officers who broke woman’s arm during arrest cleared

Nova Scotia's police watchdog has been called in to investigate after the pedestrian was hit on Saturday while officers were responding to a call about an injured child.

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HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Serious Incident Response Team says there was no excessive force used in a case involving a woman who suffered a broken arm during an arrest by Halifax police.

A report by the police watchdog says the incident occurred March 20 after officers received a call from the 21-year-old woman’s boyfriend who said she was threatening to take her own life.

The woman was found in a restaurant building near the Armdale roundabout, but refused to go to hospital with the officers who then attempted to arrest her under the Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act.

The report says a struggle ensued during which one of the officers was kicked several times before the other succeeded in getting the woman into handcuffs, but not before a “pop” was heard from her arm.

The woman was taken to hospital and treated for a broken upper right arm.

The investigation concluded the woman’s arm was broken unintentionally, so no charges are warranted against either of the two officers involved.

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