Officer won't pursue charges

A RCMP officer charged with assault and who may have been the victim of an assault himself will not seek charges against his alleged assailant.

Const. Robert Hull was charged with assault for allegedly punching an intoxicated woman in the police cell block here after arresting her outside a local night club Oct. 17, 2010.

Reports indicated that Hull was trying to calm the intoxicated woman when she allegedly kicked him in the groin and he responded by allegedly punching her in the face.

“Often members are the subject of physical abuse,” said Terrace RCMP Inspector Eric Stubbs. “Depending on the severity of the assault, the member has the discretion on whether to proceed with a charge. In this case, the member decided not to proceed ....”

An RCMP Internal Code of Conduct Investigation and a criminal investigation were launched and the findings were forwarded to prosecutors who laid the assault charge on Hull Feb. 23, 2010, said police in a press release at that time. Hull has been on administrative duties, or desk duty.

Hull was also named as one of nine officers in a civil suit brought against local RCMP officers who allegedly assaulted Shane Parker outside the Spirit Night Club in two different incidents in June and August 2010.


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