Charges won’t be laid against a Manitoba police officer who allegedly pointed a gun at a female youth in December 2015.
The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba has concluded there is insufficient evidence in the case involving an officer with the Altona Police Service.
An APS officer and a security guard were transporting a teen from Altona to Winnipeg when the alleged incident occurred. The teen later claimed — in November 2018 during a subsequent encounter with Altona police — that during the transport, the officer and security guard had pulled her from the vehicle and pointed a gun at her head.
IIU investigators interviewed the teen, the officer, the security guard, and three other officers who were aware of the alleged incident.
While the teen’s story remained mostly consistent over the years, there were discrepancies over whether it was security guard, officer, or both who pointed a weapon at her.
“The mandate of IIU does not include authorizing criminal charges in the absence of cogent, trustworthy and sufficient evidence to support that decision,” wrote IIU civilian director Zane Tessler in his report.