Julia Parrish (CTV Edmonton) – Following a complaint from a civilian and the subsequent investigation – RCMP have charged one of their own.
RCMP said Tuesday that Constable Ronald Lavallee had been charged with one count of assault.
Cst. Lavallee, who serves out of the Hobbema RCMP detachment, was charged on July 4.
The charge was laid after his detachment received a public complaint over excessive force being used during an arrest that took place in Hobbema.
Police said the complaint was investigated, and the results were reviewed by the “K” Division Criminal Operations Branch.
A senior Crown Prosecutor at Alberta Justice then recommended the charge.
Lavallee has served as an RCMP officer for six years, and is still stationed at the Hobbema detachment.
The officer has already appeared in court twice on the charge, once on July 4 and July 17 – both of the appearances were adjourned. Lavallee has been scheduled to appear in a Wetaskiwin courtroom on September 13.
RCMP said Lavallee is currently on medical leave.