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Misconduct complaints laid on cops

Charges of police misconduct have been filed by three people involvedin a violent weekend clash between neo-nazis and protesters.

Charges of police misconduct have been filed by three people involved in a violent weekend clash between neo-nazis and protesters.

Calgary cops yesterday said they did the best they could to defuse a Saturday white pride rally that stoked fierce confrontations between the Aryan Guard and anti-racist demonstrators in the downtown core. Police spokesman Kevin Brookwell responded to complaints that cops ignored some blatant crimes while interposing themselves between the two groups.

Sometimes affecting arrests can incite a crowd more than it should, he said, a day after Calgary activist Grant Neufeld told Metro he would be asking city council for a full review into police conduct at the event.

“I think there’s a balance we need to weigh between their right to say what they want and the public peace.”

Only three arrests were made at the rally. As of yesterday three complaints had been filed with the Calgary Police Services professional standards section and Brookwell said any others who feel they were mistreated should do so.

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Police are also reviewing videotape of the showdown to determine if any of those who threw projectiles can be identified and face charges.

 
 
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