Two special constables with Halifax Regional Police have been charged with criminal negligence causing death after a 41-year-old man was found dead in a police station cell last year.
Corey Rogers was found unresponsive in a cell at Halifax police headquarters in the early-morning hours of June 16, 2016. Paramedics were called, but Rogers could not be revived.
Rogers had been arrested for public intoxication around 10:30 p.m. the previous evening outside the IWK Health Centre.
His mother, Jeannette Rogers, said his death came just hours after the birth of his daughter. "They're doing OK," she said. "His partner is now raising an almost 17-month child on her own."
The case was handed to Nova Scotia's Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT), which investigates serious allegations against police forces. SIRT in turn referred the case to prosecutors in Manitoba because the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service wanted to avoid any appearance of conflict.