A Lethbridge Regional Police Service constable has been charged with assault causing bodily harm in connection with an incident that occurred while the officer was on duty.
On May 5, 2012 at approximately 2:17 a.m., a constable was conducting a traffic stop along the 200 block of 5th Street South when he was approached by a 20-year-old male. The male, who was not associated to the traffic stop, was subsequently arrested for public intoxication. During the arrest, the male was struck by the officer and fell to the ground, further striking his head on the pavement.
He was transported by emergency services to Chinook Regional Hospital and released a short time later into police custody. The male was charged with obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest. His charges remain before the courts. Later in the day on May 5, 2012, the male returned to the hospital and was admitted for treatment of a serious head injury.
Within days of the incident, the police service became aware of allegations of excessive force and an internal investigation was subsequently ordered. As required under the Police Act, the Director of Law Enforcement was also notified. Members of the Professional Standards Unit conducted the investigation and the results were forwarded to the Regional Crown Prosecutor’s Office. Upon reviewing the file, the Crown directed the officer be charged with assault causing bodily harm.
The 14-year veteran constable is relieved from duty with pay pending the outcome of the matter in court, as well an internal disciplinary process that will follow.
David John Easter, 38, is charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm. He is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 13.