The Edmonton Police Service was called in to investigate the July 18, 2017 incident, which occurred in one of the jail cells at the Yellowknife detachment. Though it has not released the report or provided any excerpts from it, the Northwest Territories RCMP issued a press release on Thursday saying the Edmonton police found "the force used was necessary and reasonable in all circumstances."
RCMP said when the man was being taken into custody he became uncooperative "resisting the RCMP member's efforts to lodge him in the cell block."
The man who was hurt, Michael Cotchilly, was later sentenced to a total of 105 days in jail for assaulting a peace officer, threatening the officer, and breaching his probation. Cotchilly admitted during the sentencing he was very intoxicated that night.