Investigation to Examine Police Actions Related to Victoria Paul

first_imgThe province has ordered an independent investigation into the arrest and detention of Victoria Rose Paul by the Truro Police Service on Aug. 28, 2009. The review falls under Section 7 of the Police Act. “This was a tragedy and I want to continue expressing sympathy to the family,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “From the medical evidence, we know how Ms. Paul died. This investigation will tell us whether the Truro Police Service followed appropriate guidelines and standards and help us understand how similar tragic situations may be prevented in the future.” Mr. Landry has appointed Nadine Cooper Mont of Cole Harbour to lead the investigation. Ms. Cooper Mont has served as deputy solicitor general with the province and was instrumental in restructuring the Nova Scotia Police Commission and implementing recommendations from the Donald Marshall Inquiry. Ms. Cooper Mont is commissioner of the Nova Scotia Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner, and has extensive experience in investigating police actions. The investigation will look at how Truro police handled the incident and will also review the subsequent investigation by Halifax Regional Police. Mr. Landry will also appoint others with technical or specialized knowledge to help with the investigation, including an observer with knowledge of the Mi’kmaq community and culture. A person with investigative expertise will also be appointed. The investigation is expected to take about six months. A written report will be provided to the Minister of Justice and may include recommendations. Ms. Paul was arrested by Truro police on Aug. 28, 2009. While in custody, she suffered a massive stroke and was transferred to hospital on Aug. 29. The 44-year-old Indian Brook woman died on Sept. 5, 2009 in a Halifax hospital.last_img read more