(Black Press file)

Lower Post, B.C., man suing Yukon RCMP over assault allegation

Suit alleges man ended up with ‘ended up with bruising on his arms, biceps and chest’

A man is suing the RCMP and Attorney General of Canada over allegations that a Watson Lake officer assaulted him while he was in custody in 2015.

In a statement of claim filed to the Yukon Supreme Court Dec. 1, Matthew Pete, a citizen of Daylu Dena First Nation who lives in Lower Post, B.C., alleges he was assaulted by Const. Brad Kelly in December 2015. At the time, the claim says, Kelly was stationed at the Watson Lake RCMP detachment and had arrested Pete on allegations of a break-and-enter and sexual assault.

Kelly interviewed Pete, then 18, the lawsuit alleges, after which Pete was returned to a holding cell. The statement alleges that Kelly entered the cell “sometime after the interview.”

“Kelly grabbed the plaintiff aggressively and for no apparent reason and used a lot of force by assaulting him in the upper body area with his hands and throwing him upon the cell floor,” the lawsuit alleges, adding that Pete ended up with bruising on his arms, biceps and chest and was sore for a month.

The lawsuit alleges that Kelly did not tell anyone about the assault nor check on Pete afterwards.

The allegations have not been proven in court.

Contact Jackie Hong at jackie.hong@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

World Cup season just around the corner for Yukon skiers

“I know I still really love to ski race and I feel like I haven’t reached my potential”

Whitehorse’s Nadia Moser named to biathlon World Cup team

“It’s pretty exciting to actually make the World Cup”

Ross River Dena Council appeal set to be heard

Appeal judges are looking at a 2017 Yukon Supreme Court decision on Canada’s duty to negotiate

Yukon NDP questions the cost of the health department’s medical review

$1.5 million appears to be going towards a steering committee and a “Tiger Team”

Yukon government helps fund 10 new affordable housing projects

The projects, supported by the housing initiatives fund, will build 123 new affordable units

EDITORIAL: Attention Whitehorse: shovel your sidewalks

For those who haven’t looked out a window this week, the snow… Continue reading

Youth boxers take home silver and gold medals

Alberta Sub-Novice Tournament, an introduction to competitive boxing, happened last weekend

Respite home offers a break to caregivers

Hillcrest home is a pilot project

Yukoners make a splash to mark the beginning of the swimming season

Nearly 120 swimmers took part in the Ryan Downing Memorial Swim Meet

Commentary: Lack of affordable housing in the Yukon is not about funds, but how we spend them

Why are we not building apartment complexes to serve the lower and lower-middle income bracket?

Driving with Jens: When should you plug your vehicle in?

You can probably still start your car without plugging it in at -25 C or colder, but you shouldn’t.

Yukonomist: Too far up the supply curve

Some copper mines come in and out of production as global demand for the metal surges and ebbs.

Most Read