Alberta appeal court throws out rulings by police oversight board

Alberta’s highest court has overturned two decisions of the Law Enforcement Review Board involving Edmonton police.

EDMONTON — Alberta’s highest court has overturned two decisions of the Law Enforcement Review Board involving Edmonton police.

The board overruled a decision by Police Chief Mike Boyd to not investigate a complaint that some officers wore ”no rats” T-shirts at a union meeting in 2005.

Boyd had said there was no ”independent evidence” to corroborate the complaint and dismissed the investigation, which the Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association appealed.

The other case involved a drunk-driving sting involving former newspaper columnist Kerry Diotte and allegations that police targeted him due to his negative articles about them.

A disciplinary hearing found “the allegation had not been proven to the requisite standard,” but on appeal, again by the Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association, the LERB ruled otherwise.

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