An inadvertent voicemail message to a woman in Canada lodging an assault complaint last week captured several Nova Scotia officers making light of her report.
While the unidentified woman was at the station, an Oxford officer called her home phone number. He didn’t intend to leave a message, but never properly disconnected the phone call, turning his phone into a hot mic, according to CBC News.
The comments made next by officers have spurred an investigation.
“The way she was talking she was very nonchalant about everything,” one officer can be heard saying.
“She said it was from the f***ing door jamb or something like that, on the door,” one officer said.
He then adds, “It’s f***ing foolish.”
“So did she deserve to get hit?” another officer quips.
The head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for northern Nova Scotia said the comments will not be tolerated.
“The comments brought to our attention today are totally unprofessional. They’re unacceptable,” Staff Sgt. Gary Fournier told CBC News.
“The comments brought to our attention today are totally unprofessional. They’re unacceptable.”
“They certainly don’t represent the views of the RCMP or the members of the district or members across the province who respond to calls for service each day,” he added.
Fournier told CBC News that he is going to “take steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”
“We immediately reached out to the victim in an effort to discuss the recording with her and the contents of that recording,” Fournier said. “We’ve also initiated a code of conduct investigation on the members involved and we’ve immediately reassigned the investigation to other officers.”
The assault complaint stemmed from an argument the woman had with her partner. He had allegedly become upset with her, taken her cellphone and left for his house. She followed him and alleges he was dragging her by the hair, grabbing her around the neck and throwing her items out of the house, among other things.
According to CBC News, the man was ultimately charged with assault and has a court date set for next week.
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