RNC Officer Charged With Obstruction of Justice
A well known RNC officer is facing charges.
The RNC charged Constable Joe Smyth with Obstruction of Justice in relation to issuing a ticket for a traffic offense that did not occur.
Back in October of 2017 the RNC was contacted by the Crown Attorney’s Office in St. John’s regarding an issue with a traffic safety stop that had occurred on May 12, 2017.
At that time, no public complaint or criminal complaint had been made in relation to this incident. Based on the evidence that was provided to the RNC as well as the circumstances and seriousness of the allegations against the officer, Chief Joe Boland requested that the Department of Justice and Public Safety engage an outside agency to conduct a thorough and non-biased investigation into the actions of the officer involved.
The Department of Justice and Public Safety referred the matter over to the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) in November of 2017 and the officer involved was placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of that Criminal investigation. In early November, the RNC also received a public complaint against the same officer from the individual involved in this traffic stop.
Smyth has been suspended without pay until further notice.