Agency clears officers of wrongdoing after woman’s arm broken during arrest

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The Canadian Press

HALIFAX — An independent agency that investigates police in Nova Scotia says two Halifax officers used reasonable force when a woman’s arm was broken during an arrest in March.

The Serious Incident Response Team, known as SIRT, says the officers from Halifax Regional Police were called to Highway 111 in Dartmouth on March 4 after a woman was seen jumping in front of cars.

SIRT says the woman appeared to be suffering from a mental illness and the officers believed she was endangering herself and others. When the policemen attempted to arrest the 55-year-old woman, she resisted and ended up with a broken arm.

The report says no charges will be laid as the officers had a duty to arrest the woman and applied reasonable force. It says witnesses who saw the arrest agreed that the force used by the officers was warranted.

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