Saskatoon police officer charged with assaulting boy, 14
Boy allegedly punched and pepper-sprayed
A Saskatoon police officer has been charged with assaulting a 14-year-old boy.
Const. Luke St. Onge, 26, has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of criminal proceedings, the Saskatoon Police Service said Thursday.
The charges — assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon — stem from an incident in May, when a 14-year-old boy was allegedly hit in the face and pepper-sprayed.
On May 27, police were looking for a suspect who had pepper-sprayed another officer.
It's alleged that St. Onge, a four-year veteran of the police service, saw a boy matching the description of the suspect and ran after him. During the arrest, the youth was allegedly hit in the face and pepper-sprayed.
The boy was charged with resisting arrest and, after being treated in hospital, was placed in detention.
However, it was never proven that the boy was connected with the original incident where the police officer was pepper-sprayed. Police were later told that the boy ran because he was the subject of a missing person investigation.
There was no official complaint from the boy's family, but in June the police launched their own investigation into the amount of force used.
Later, the Crown recommended charges.
St. Onge is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 14.