Tweet alleges officer made threats

Nathan Liewicki
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A male claiming a peace officer uttered threats has yet to file a formal complaint with the Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS), said Insp. Rick McKenna.

Inspector Rick McKenna of the Moose Jaw Police Service.

The Times-Herald spoke with McKenna over the noon hour on Tuesday about the individual alleging unprofessional conduct occurred.

"I have yet to receive any evidence of any wrongdoing by any of our police officers," said McKenna. "What's required to begin looking into a complaint about our police officers is we need an actual complaint, and an actual complainant."

The tweet in question was sent to the Times-Herald on Tuesday at 6:44 a.m. and reads: "@MJTimesHerald would you like a story about @mjpolice not taking complaints of peace officers uttering threats seriously?i have audio."

McKenna received a phone call from an individual earlier in the day who made a similar claim, but could not confirm that it was the same person who sent out the tweet. He did, however, state that the incident in question did not occur Tuesday, but rather sometime over the past few days.

He also explained that the MJPS takes allegations against its officers very seriously. Since, a complaint has not been made with the MJPS, or the Public Complaints Commission, McKenna has yet to formally begin an investigation into the allegations. He did note, however, that he is looking into the allegations.

"We find that when you have people that have made allegations, they realize it's not an incident of wrongdoing, but of miscommunication," said McKenna.

He added that he would welcome the chance to listen to the audio file the alleging individual claims he has.

The Times-Herald reached out to the individual who sent the tweet and we spoke briefly at around 4:15 p.m. He alleged that he has "filed about five formal complaints" regarding the allegations. He would not, however, disclose further details about the alleged incident.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks.

Organizations: The Times-Herald, Public Complaints Commission

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