Red Deer Mountie charged with assaulting suspect in detachment cells

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A Red Deer Mountie has been charged with assault for allegedly striking a suspect inside a holding cell last spring.

Cpl. Kent McDiarmid is scheduled to appear in Red Deer provincial court on March 24, RCMP said in a news release Wednesday.

The charge stems from an altercation inside the Red Deer detachment cells on March 2, 2020.

RCMP said McDiarmid struck a man who had been arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest.

The suspect was taken to hospital as a precaution and was later remanded into custody for a parole violation.

The investigation into McDiarmid's actions began later that month with an incident review. It was followed by code of conduct and criminal investigations.

McDiarmid, 39, has been suspended with pay since July 2020, RCMP said.

He has been a member of the RCMP for nearly 15 years.