RCMP in Yellowknife charge 2 Mounties with assault

Police say both officers continue to work in the Yellowknife detachment.

RCMP in Yellowknife

Two Mounties in Yellowknife have been charged with assault after an jail cell incident Oct. 14, 2020. Photo: APTN.


The RCMP in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories say two Mounties in the city’s detachment have been charged with assault after an incident going back to Oct. 14, 2020.

According to a statement from RCMP in Yellowknife, “while lodging a woman in cells, an incident occurred.  The incident was later reported by a senior officer of Yellowknife Detachment. The Officer in Charge of Yellowknife Detachment requested a criminal investigation.”

Police didn’t describe the incident in the statement.

The police say Alberta RCMP were called in “as an outside independent police agency,” to conduct the investigation.

“The completed investigation was later sent to the independent Public Prosecution Service (Crown Prosecution) for evaluation,” the RCMP statement said.

“The Crown has recommended charges.”

Police say Cst. Francesca Bechard and Cpl. Jason Archer each face one count of assault.

They will next appear in court in Yellowknife on Sept. 14.

The statement from police says the charges have not been proven in court and both officers “remain working in Yellowknife Detachment.”