Winnipeg police officer to face charges after IIU investigation

A Winnipeg police officer is heading to court after the police watchdog determined there were grounds to charge him with “a criminal offense.”

The Independent Investigation Unit said police stopped a car being driven erratically on June 16, 2018 on Portage Avenue near the Perimeter Highway. The driver, a 36-year-old man, was removed from the vehicle and didn’t co-operate with police. Force was used, said the IIU.

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“The man complained of injuries and was taken to hospital where he was found to have sustained a fracture to his right orbital bone,” they said, so they conducted an investigation.

“Civilian Director Zane Tessler has determined there are reasonable and probable grounds to believe a criminal offence occurred,” said the IIU.

Const. Dustin Rodeck was served with a summons to provincial court on Aug. 7 in Winnipeg.

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