Police charge Barrie cop

A Barrie police officer is facing a range of charges following an investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police.
“I am satisfied that a full and impartial investigation has been conducted and that the public interest has been served,” said chief Mark Neelin of the Barrie Police Service. “It would be inappropriate to provide further details on this matter as it is now before the courts.”
Const. Jason Nevill, a 12-year member of Barrie Police Service, has been suspended from active duty pending the resolution of the charges. He has been charged with Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Attempt to Obstruct Justice and Fabricating Evidence contrary to the Criminal Code.
The charges stem from an incident last November at a Barrie shopping centre involving a uniformed on-duty Barrie police officer, two private security guards and a 25-year-old male.
As a result of the incident, the individual involved was charged with assaulting a police officer with the intent to resist arrest. He also received non life-threatening injuries during the incident.
In the course of the ensuing disclosure process, police say in a release, evidence came to light that cast doubt over the original story. This evidence was brought to the attention of the Crown Attorney, and the charges against the individual were subsequently withdrawn on Feb. 3, 2011.
Upon becoming aware of these circumstances, Chief Neelin immediately determined that a criminal investigation was required into the actions of the police officer involved in the incident, police say.
The OPP was asked to conduct the investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation, the findings resulted in charges being laid against Const. Nevill.

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