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article imageFour Ontario police officers charged in off-duty brawl

By Arthur Weinreb     Mar 29, 2013 in Crime
Brampton - The four members of Peel Regional Police, just west of Toronto, are facing charges after a fight broke out late last year in a Brampton, Ontario banquet hall.
The announcement of the charges was made yesterday by Jennifer Evans, chief of Peel Regional Police. It is alleged a 62-year-old man suffered a broken nose and cuts and bruises after an altercation broke out at the banquet hall on the evening of Nov. 30, 2012.
Sgt. Bernard Webber, Const. Darren Barden and Const. Lance Kerec face one count each of assault causing bodily harm and forcible confinement. A fourth officer, Staff Sgt. Doug Shulz, has been charged with being a party to the offences of assault causing bodily harm and forcible confinement.
Evans said, "I immediately launched an investigation into this serious allegation which has resulted in these charges being laid. I am committed to maintaining the public trust and confidence in the Peel Regional Police."
Peel police are not releasing any details of what went on in the banquet hall and there are conflicting accounts. Mississauga.com reports the 62-year-old man, who was attending a different function than the officers were, became involved in an incident with two women. He was assaulted when the four officers were escorting him out of the hall. The man was later charged with two counts of sexual assault.
The Brampton Guardian reports the alleged assault occurred in the banquet hall after the four officers refused to let the man leave.
All four are experienced officers. Shultz was assigned to Staff Operations while the other three worked in uniform out of Peel's 22 Division. Webber is a noted blood splatter specialist who was a key investigator in the infamous "bathtub girls" case where two young teens were convicted of killing their mother by drowning her in the bathtub ten years ago.
All four suspended officers are due to appear in a Brampton courtroom on Apr. 29.
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