BRANDON – Two senior Brandon Police Officers are facing serious criminal charges stemming from two separate incidents.
Provincial justice officials asked Winnipeg police to launch an investigation into the conduct of a Brandon officer in January 2015.
Deputy Chief Danny Smyth says in July 2014, Constable Shane Stephenson was assigned to an assault investigation.
“The matter in which the assault investigation was conducted was brought into question and as a result of the investigation a criminal charge of obstruct justice has been laid,” said Smyth.
Then in November 2014, officers were called to a report of an assault disturbance at a hotel and bar in Brandon.
Smyth says Stephenson responded to the call with two other officers, which saw Sergeant Dallas Lockhart, who was off-duty at the time, intervene. How Sergeant Lockhart intervened remains unclear.
Lockhart, a 20-year member of the force, has been charged with one count of Attempt to Obstruct Justice and one count of Obstruct Police Officer. While, Stephenson, also a 20-year member with Brandon Police, has been charged with one county of Obstruction of Justice.
Smyth says the charges are very rare. “These are serious charges and they don’t happen very often.”
The pair have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of their cases.