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Lethbridge police officer charged, relieved from duty without pay

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WATCH: Cst. David Easter is charged with one count of assault following an incident with a man in a short-term holding cell on Feb. 9. As Emily Olsen reports, the Lethbridge police officer was charged once before following another incident in 2014, but was found not guilty – Aug 24, 2020

Lethbridge police said an officer has been charged and relieved from duty without pay until the matter is concluded in court.

Police said David Easter has been charged with assault in connection to an incident with a prisoner in a cell at the Lethbridge Police Service’s holding facility on Feb. 9.

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After an internal complaint, the Lethbridge police professional standards unit conducted the investigation, according to police.

“In this case I believe exceptional circumstances exist that warrant the relief of duty without pay for the good of the police service and to uphold the public expectation that police officers be held to the highest standards,” Chief Scott Woods said.

Woods’ decision to relieve Easter from duty without pay must be reviewed by the police commission within 30 days.

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Easter has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Lethbridge Provincial Court on Nov. 4.

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Easter faced a similar charge in 2014, after allegedly punching an intoxicated man in the face during an arrest outside of a nightclub, however, Easter was later found to be not guilty.
In that instance, Easter claimed he acted in self defence, while the man involved testified that he could not remember what happened. The man sustained a fractured eye socket and head injuries from falling to the ground.

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