Constable Joe Smyth’s lawyer Jerome Kennedy says his client maintains his innocence and will vigorously defend himself against the charge.
Smyth was arrested and charged yesterday by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team following an investigation into a public complaint stemming from a traffic stop in May of 2017.
It’s alleged Cst. Smyth issued a ticket during a traffic stop on May 12, 2017 when an offence did not occur.
Kennedy would not speak to the specifics of the charge. He says they’ll be looking for the earliest possible trial date.
He would only say the charge is serious, the circumstances centre around the giving of a traffic ticket, and he denies there was any attempt to pervert or obstruct the course of justice.
The investigation was launched in November of last year, and ASIRT says after reviewing the evidence, it showed reasonable grounds that an offence had been committed.
Smyth was released to appear in provincial court August 23rd.
Smyth was involved in the shooting death of Donald Dunphy in Mitchell’s Brook in April of 2015. There were no charges in that case and an inquiry showed that Smyth used appropriate force in dealing with the matter.
RNC Chief Joe Boland says misconduct will not be tolerated. Chief Boland says Smyth’s suspension without pay was effective yesterday once the charge was laid.