An independent investigation into an incident involving two Estevan Police Service constables earlier this year remains under investigation.
The investigation was launched in early March after a 20-second video surfaced involving two Estevan Police Service officers and a suspect on the ground. At one point, one of the officers can be seen striking the suspect repeatedly.
The EPS said at the time that the video only captured part of the incident, which occurred near the intersection of 13th Avenue and Sixth Street. They also said the situation escalated quickly, which resulted in the officers using force.
After the incident, the investigation was announced, with the Moose Jaw Police Service conducting it on behalf of Saskatchewan’s Public Complaints Commission.
“They have advised that they have been making progress, and we should expect to hear something in the not to distant future,” said Estevan Police Chief Paul Ladouceur.
The police chief stressed the EPS won’t interfere in the investigation.
One of the officers who was the subject of the investigation has been on modified duties due to an injury that Ladouceur said was sustained in the incident. The modified duties would be administrative duties, rather than patrols.
These investigations can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months, and there’s video, interviews with witnesses and other information to sort through.
Investigators have to come in from outside of the city as well, which means travel time.