NSGEU Questions RCMP Tactics In Arrest of CB Police Officer
The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union is taking issue with the way that the RCMP allegedly went about arresting a Cape Breton Regional Police officer earlier this week. The union, which represents Regional Police officers, says that a team of RCMP officers let themselves into the home of Wade Lavin in the early morning hours on Wednesday, waking up Lavin’s wife and three young children. The union adds that some of the officers were armed with Colt C8 carbine assault rifles during the raid. NSGEU President Joan Jessome says she can’t speak to the investigation that’s underway in the case, but she says that the RCMP should’ve waited until no children were present or spoke to Lavin when he came to work the following day. Lavin is facing a charge of identity fraud. When the charge was made public, the Mounties said they seized number of electronic devices in Wednesday’s raid and also seized a computer from a Regional Police vehicle. 39 year-old Lavin is a 15-year veteran of the Regional Police force, and is now suspended with pay. He’s due in court on December 15th.