RNC complaints commission report due next week

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Mother objected to arrest of autistic teenager

The adjudicator’s report on the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary’s treatment of a Mount Pearl youth in a 2009 incident is due to be completed next week.

Dane Spurrell was arrested April 18, 2009, when he was 18.

Two RNC officers mistook his autism for public intoxication. During that time he was not allowed to call home.

A complaint was subsequently filed with the RNC Public Complaints Commission.

Proceedings commenced in June 2011 and closing arguments finally took place last October.

Diane Spurrell told The Telegram in 2012 that she was frustrated with the length of time it was taking for the complaint to be examined.

Dane Spurrell was on his way home from renting a movie late on a Saturday night when he was stopped by police.

During the incident, the officers thought he was drunk, arrested him and took him to the lockup.

After the incident, Diane Spurrell said the police officers should have been able to tell that Dane was physically different because he has a chromosomal abnormality and his appearance should have given the officers an idea about his condition.

Then-police chief Joe Browne apologized to Dane Spurrell and his mother.

There was also a settlement awarded to Dane Spurrell.

Since the incident, Browne retired and so has his replacement, Bob Johnston.

According to the public complaints commission, the report is due to be distributed Wednesday.


Organizations: RNC complaints commission, RNC Public Complaints Commission.Proceedings, The Telegram

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  • Glenn Stockley
    March 22, 2014 - 19:02

    Only five years ago... so sad that the NL justice?system? getaway with this nonsense...