Police board to hear case of Halifax couple alleging mistreatment, racial profiling

A Halifax couple who say they were mistreated and racially profiled by police after being found at a local park after hours will have their case heard by the Nova Scotia Police Review Board this week.

Adam LeRue, who is Black, said he and his wife stopped in the parking lot of Sir Sanford Fleming Park on Feb. 12, 2018, to make a phone call when two officers with the Halifax Regional Police pulled up behind them.

LeRue said he was taken to jail for the night, fined and charged with obstruction of justice, while other people who were in the area were not punished.

His wife, Kerry Morris, who is white, alleged she was also mistreated by police when they removed her from the couple's vehicle.

Lawyers for constables Brent Woodworth and Kenneth O'Brien argued the police board no longer had jurisdiction to hear the complaint because Halifax Regional Police didn't submit its findings to the Nova Scotia Police Complaints Commissioner within six months as required.

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