Criminal negligence charge laid against two officers in HRP cell death

Nova Scotia's Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has laid a charge of criminal negligence causing death against two officers in connection with the death of 41-year-old Corey Rogers.

Halifax Regional Police (HRP) responded to the IWK Hospital on June 15th, 2016 after a report of an unwanted man, and found Rogers outside on University Avenue.

He was arrested for public intoxication, lodged in the cells at HRP headquarters around 11 p.m., and found unresponsive in the cell at 1:45 a.m.

EHS was called, and Rogers was pronounced dead eight minutes after he was found.

SiRT says HRP Special Constables Daniel Fraser and Cheryl Gardner were working as booking officers and have been charged.

The officers are due in Halifax Provincial Court on Tuesday for arraignment.

In a statement, HRP Media Relations Officer Constable Dianne Penfound says they can't address specifics of this incident as the matter is before the courts and is the subject of civil litigation, but that police again extend our condolences to Rogers' family.

She says police review and enhance their practices and are confident in their ability to appropriately manage the care of people in custody.