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Cold Lake RCMP officer charged with assault following arrest

RCMP in northern Alberta have charged one of their officers with assault following an incident more than a year ago.
Cold Lake RCMP constable is on desk duty while he is investigated for using excessive force during an arrest on the weekend. 2:05

RCMP in northeast Alberta have charged one of their officers with assault following an incident a year ago.

Const. Chad McRae of the Cold Lake Detachment was charged after an investigation into how he handled an arrest on Sept. 22, 2012.

A video showing an officer kicking a man in the head during the arrest was posted to YouTube.

McRae was one of three responding to a complaint of 100 drunk people causing a disturbance in a parking lot of a community hall near Cold Lake at 1 a.m. on a Saturday, the RCMP said in a statement after the arrest.

Richard Claybert, 22, was charged with causing a disturbance by being drunk and obstruction of justice by resisting arrest.

McRae remains on full duty.

He is scheduled to appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court on Jan. 8th.

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