Woman breaks arm as Halifax police officer attempts to apply handcuffs, case sent to SIRT

Metro Halifax thebuzz@tc.tc
Published on August 6, 2014
Halifax Regional Police


Halifax police have referred an incident to the Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) in which a woman broke her arm as an officer was attempting to restrain her with handcuffs.

At 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5, police responded to a report of a woman screaming in a commercial parking lot beside Lamont Terrace in Dartmouth.

Officers found the 51-year-old woman nearby and arrested her under the Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act out of concerns for her safety, according to a release.

She was taken to the QEII hospital for medical attention.While the woman was waiting, the release said an officer tried to put handcuffs on her for safety reasons.

As the officer attempted to control her in order to put the handcuffs on, the woman suffered a broken arm. She was treated in the hospital and will appear in Halifax provincial court at a later date to face a charge of assaulting a police officer.

The police officer wasn’t hurt.

Because the incident resulted in injuries following police involvement, Halifax Regional Police contacted SiRT and they have begun an investigation related to the woman’s injuries.