Nova Scotia appoints investigator to oversee police

In Nova Scotia, the days of police investigating themselves have ended.

APTN National News
In Nova Scotia, the days of police investigating themselves have ended.

The province has announced that Ron McDonald will be the new director of investigations for the province.

The province has faced at least two high-profile cases of questionable police conduct in the recent past.

In 2008, John Andrew Simon was shot to death by an RCMP officer.

After an investigation by Halifax police, the officer was cleared.

In 2009, Victoria Paul was found unconscious in her cell and later died in hospital.

Her son was in the cell beside her and told APTN that police ignored his please to check on his mother.

The Halifax police also looked into the case and cleared the Truro, N.S.,

police.

The two cases triggered an outcry of better police oversight.

APTN National News reporter Taryn Della spoke with McDonald about his new job.

Online Producer / Ottawa

Before moving to become the APTN News social media producer, Mark was the executive producer for the news in eastern Canada. Before starting with APTN in 2009, Mark worked at CBC Radio and Television in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ottawa.