2 Edmonton police officers charged with assault in 2019 arrest

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Two Edmonton police officers have been charged with assault in a 2019 arrest.  (Codie McLachlan/CBC - image credit)
Two Edmonton police officers have been charged with assault in a 2019 arrest. (Codie McLachlan/CBC - image credit)

Two Edmonton Police Service constables have been charged with assault in relation to an arrest made over two years ago, police said Friday.

Jocelyn Wynnyk and Jed Winter were charged in relation to an arrest made on Oct. 2, 2019, near 102nd Street and 104th Avenue in downtown Edmonton.

"As this is now before the courts, we cannot release any further details on the incident," police spokesperson Carolin Maran told CBC News via email Friday.

Maran couldn't comment on any injuries sustained during the arrest, but said the incident didn't meet the threshold for the police chief to report a serious injury or death to the minister of justice, as required by the Police Act.

The EPS professional standards branch received a complaint about the arrest on Oct. 22, 2020, and launched a formal investigation, police said in a news release.

The case was referred to Alberta Crown Prosecution Services in Calgary last June to determine whether criminal charges were warranted. On Wednesday, Crown prosecutors recommended both officers be charged with assault.

Winter, who has been on the force for five years, was issued an appearance notice Thursday. Wynnyk, a four-year EPS member, has been informed of the charge and is expected to formally receive an appearance notice Monday, police said.

Edmonton police said Friday both officers are currently working in "non-public facing" jobs with the EPS. Winter was moved to such a role as a result of the charge, Maran said.

Winter and Wynnyk were charged under Section 266 of the Criminal Code.

That section states anyone convicted of committing assault is either guilty of an indictable offence that can result in up to five years in prison, or an offence punishable on summary conviction.

Summary conviction cases are less serious than indictable offences. The cases are heard in provincial court, and the person charged is often not arrested unless they are found committing the crime.

Once court proceedings are complete, a police service regulation investigation will be opened by the EPS professional standards branch, as per EPS protocol, police said.

In 2019, Wynnyk pleaded guilty to one count of discreditable conduct after an incident the previous year, Maran said. She was suspended without pay, then returned to work.

Last year, the Kiwanis Club of Edmonton Oil Capital named Winter the top cop of 2019, in recognition of the time he spent volunteering with kids and raising money for the Kids with Cancer Society, according to a story on the EPS' website that was taken down Friday afternoon.

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