Nova Scotia

Occupy N.S. protesters file police complaints about eviction

The Halifax police department is now facing formal complaints about how it handled the eviction of Occupy Nova Scotia protestors on Remembrance Day.
Halifax police arrest several people while enforcing an eviction notice to Occupy NS. 2:00

The Halifax police department is now facing formal complaints about how it handled the eviction of Occupy Nova Scotia protestors on Remembrance Day.

Halifax Regional Police arrested 14 people after the city ordered the group out of Victoria Park. Seven of those arrested filed formal complaints on Friday.

The protesters have several complaints, ranging from what they call an abuse of power in tearing down their camp, to how they were treated after they were arrested.

They claim police moved in with little notice and their actions went far beyond how police would normally handle a bylaw violation.

They say police used excessive force while moving protestors out and during their arrests.

After they were taken to police cells, they say they were cold and soaking wet, and they claim officers laughed at them when they requested towels and dry clothes.

Police are required to conduct a formal investigation to determine if their officers violated either the criminal code or the police act.

If the protesters aren't satisfied with that investigation, they can launch an appeal to the Nova Scotia Police Commission.