ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is referring an allegation that its officers assaulted a man during an arrest to the RCMP for investigation.
Police Chief Bill Janes says he received a formal request from Bradley Bartlett on Thursday asking for an investigation into his arrest, detention and alleged assault by police officers.
Bob Simmonds, Bartlett's lawyer, requested that a criminal investigation be handed over to an independent police agency.
Janes says each of the four officers named in Bartlett's complaint are still on active duty.
Police say Bartlett was arrested on allegations he had open liquor in public and was littering.
They say he was then charged with assaulting three officers and resisting arrest.
All of the charges were withdrawn by the Crown in court on Wednesday.