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Video shows a Halifax police officer pointing a gun and shouting something ‘unacceptable’ at a man with his hands up

Video shows a Halifax police officer pointing a gun and shouting something ‘unacceptable’ at a man with his hands up
Video shows a Halifax police officer pointing a gun and shouting something ‘unacceptable’ at a man with his hands up

This screenshot is from a video showing a Halifax police officer appearing to point a gun at a man with his hands up. The officer in the video has been placed on administrative duties, Halifax Regional Police Chief Dan Kinsella said Saturday. (Trayvone Clayton/Facebook – image credit)

Halifax police have launched an internal investigation after a video surfaced on social media over the weekend showing an officer saying something “unacceptable” while pointing a gun at a man who has his hands up.

The audio on the 28-second video is poor, but around the eight-second mark you hear the officer say something that sounds like, “I’ll fill you with f–king lead.”

Someone in the room where the video was shot repeats, “I will fill you with lead.”

Among those who shared the video were DeRico Symonds and Trayvone Clayton, two of the founders of the community activist group Game Changers 902. In social media posts accompanying the video, Symonds and Clayton both said the man with his hands up was black. CBC News has reached out to them for comment.

The video, which appears to have been taken from the balcony of a building, shows the man walking away from the white officer. The two men walk around a pickup truck in a parking lot.

The officer orders the man to stop, but he doesn’t. At one point the man says, “You can’t shoot me in the back.”

At the 19-second mark, the man drops his arms and sprints around an apartment building and out of the lot as the officer appears to talk on a walkie-talkie. In the video, the officer does not shoot or give chase.

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CBC News has not confirmed who recorded the video.

Halifax Regional Police Chief Dan Kinsella said in a statement that the incident began after police were called to Wentworth Drive Friday night to reports of four men arguing in a parking lot. Kinsella said three men — not seen in the video — were arrested and a loaded gun and drugs were seized. The fourth man attempted to flee, Kinsella said, leading to the incident that was captured on video.

Kinsella said the comments appearing to have been made by the officer were “unacceptable,” and confirmed the officer had been placed on administrative duties pending the conclusion of the investigation.

“We recognize that an incident like this can cause serious damage to police-community relations,” the statement said. “We are committed to a full investigation and ask the public to allow a fair trial to take place.”

Kinsella told CBC News that police have not found the man in the video but are hoping to talk to him. He said anyone in the public with information should contact police.

Kinsella said the investigation will now follow two paths: one will look at what led up to the incident, and the other will look at what was said and in what context.