Civil suit filed against Terrace RCMP officers concludes

Shane Parker had alleged officers assaulted him and uttered homophobic slurs

A civil suit launched by a local man who said police assaulted him and uttered homophobic slurs at him is over.

A requisition for consent order or for order without notice was filed April 2 at the Smithers court registry on the civil case between plaintiff Shane Parker and the defendants the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General plus nine former or current Terrace RCMP officers.

The consent order means the lawsuit is dismissed with no costs to either party and the dismissal is the same as if the case was pronounced as dismissed after a trial on its merits, explained Andrew Kemp, a Prince George lawyer who represented the ministry and police officers.

He could not go into any further details about what went on in court.

Parker had been charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest in August 2010.

He was given a conditional discharge with 12 months probation in October 2012.

In November 2010, Parker filed a civil lawsuit alleging that nine officers were involved in an assault of him in June 2010 and again in August 2010.

A complaint was also filed with the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP and all nine of the officers who came into contact with Parker on the dates mentioned were interviewed.

Two officers were disciplined for breaching the RCMP Act Code of Conduct and charges were forwarded to prosecutors but they decided no criminal charges were warranted.

The two officers weren’t named because they were not criminally charged.


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