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Demonstrator thanks female RNC officer after protest against Const. Doug Snelgrove

Amid calls to fire Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Const. Doug Snelgrove, one protester outside RNC headquarters found some common ground with a female police officer.

Margaret Cranford says she wanted to talk to the officer woman to woman

RNC officer discusses aftermath of Cst. Snelgrove verdict

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Following a protest held outside of the RNC headquarters in St. John's, Cst. Michelle Reid responded to questions from protestors. 1:22

After Monday's Hell no Snelgrove! protest in St. John's, one demonstrator took the opportunity to thank a female officer — despite her objection towards the constable's colleague.

Margaret Cranford was one of many who gathered outside the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary headquarters Monday afternoon to protest Const. Doug Snelgrove.

Snelgrove, who had sex while on duty with a woman who had been drinking, was found not guilty of sexual assault on Friday.  

The RNC constable drove the woman home from downtown St. John's in an RNC vehicle in 2014.

After Monday's protest, Cranford met mounted officer, Const. Michelle Reid, near the RNC offices and started a conversation.

"I just wanted to know, woman to woman, what her take was on it. How she felt. I wanted to thank her for her support, because she does support us," Cranford said.

Though Reid said it is an odd time to be in the RNC, she appreciates the reassurance from people like Cranford.

"It is still encouraging for us as police officers that despite the rally and despite things that are going on, that we still feel that we are encouraged ... We feel that the public can still come forward with any complaints and we'll investigate to the best of our abilities," she said.

"All we can hope for is the best possible outcome, but at least [this] keeps some positive in amidst all the negativity that's going on right now."