Black Halifax Regional Police officer wants response after being pulled over by RCMP during shooting

Black Halifax Regional Police officer wants response after being pulled over by RCMP during shooting

HALIFAX – A black police officer in Halifax and his wife want a full investigation after the couple say they were pulled over under arms by RCMP officers earlier this month.

Dean Simmonds, a 20-year-old police officer with HRP, and his wife Angela Simmonds, a lawyer, say they drove from their home in North Preston to get groceries around 6 p.m. 12.30pm on 4 July when they were pulled over by two RCMP vehicles.

“A police officer ordered Dean out of the vehicle with his hands up while the other officer was outside his police car and pointed a C8 carbine rifle in Dean’s direction,” a release issued by the African Nova Scotian Decade for the People of African Descent Coalition said Friday afternoon.

After several minutes, Dean Simmonds says he was able to explain to the officers who he was. RCMP officers told the couple that there had been a report of a shooting in North Preston.

The couple alleges that officers did not explain whether they fit a description of the alleged perpetrators.

The release says the experience was “traumatic for the couple who feared for their lives.”

Simmonds says they immediately thought of their two adult sons and what could have happened to them in the same situation.

“The interaction with RCMP police officers provides yet another example of how black people continue to be subjected to inhuman treatment and are considered dangerous, dishonest, guilty, criminal,” Angela Simmonds said.

The pair say it is a “brutal reminder” of the broader problem of systemic racism within the RCMP and that it further erodes trust between police and black communities in Nova Scotia.

Simmonds says they plan to file a complaint with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission and want a full investigation into the incident.

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