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article imageTwo RCMP officers recorded mocking domestic assault complainant

By Arthur Weinreb     Apr 2, 2014 in Crime
Halifax - After a Nova Scotia RCMP officer left a voicemail for a domestic assault complainant, the phone was not properly disconnected. The woman heard two officers making fun of her and questioning whether the incident really happened.
The incident that brought the woman into contact with the police occurred last week. A family gathering was being held at a Parrsboro, Nova Scotia home when the woman's partner became angry. He stormed out of the house and went home to Springhill, taking the complainant's cellphone with him.
The complainant decided to go to Springhill to retrieve her phone. While driving to her boyfriend's home, she swerved to miss a deer and her car ended up going down an embankment. She continued her journey on foot until a passing motorist picked her up and drove her to her boyfriend's home.
Once she reached the home, her boyfriend refused to give her the phone and called the police. He claims she assaulted him while according to her, he grabbed her around the neck and dragged her out of the house by the hair.
The RCMP from the Oxford detachment showed up and drove the woman back home to Parrsboro. The woman was told to go to the Parrsboro detachment rather than come back to Springhill in order to have photographs taken of her face.
Last Wednesday, while the woman was at the Parrsboro detachment, an RCMP officer from the Oxford detachment called her home phone. Although no message was left, the call was not properly disconnected. Two officers discussing her case could be heard on the voicemail.
On the voicemail, one officer can be heard saying he knew her injuries were from the accident. "She says it was the f*****g door jamb or something like that. It's f*****g foolish." One officer can be heard saying, "She seemed very nonchalant about the whole thing," and then went on to say in a mocking tone how she said she was on the floor and scared for her life. One of the officer's can be heard asking, "So did she deserve to get hit?"
Yesterday, Nova Scotia Chief Superintendent Brian Brennan apologized on behalf of the RCMP to the woman and all domestic violence victims. He said, "As a commanding officer I was extremely disappointed. My first thought was how this would affect the victim, and then my thoughts went out to all victims of domestic violence." He also said, "This in no way reflects the core values of the RCMP."
The two officers are under investigation to see whether they should be disciplined or sent for sensitivity training. The officers have met with the complainant and apologized.
The woman's boyfriend has been charged with assault and is scheduled to appear in court next week.
The recording can be accessed about halfway down this article.
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