Nova Scotia town rocked by racial controversy
Richard Dooley - Canwest News Service
July 07 2008
HALIFAX - Police are investigating an alleged racially charged brawl between off-duty officers and black youths in a Nova Scotia town where the RCMP was forced to apologize months ago for racist remarks made by a former detachment commander.
Senior major crimes investigators from RCMP headquarters in Halifax are looking into the incident, which allegedly happened early on June 21 in Digby, N.S., threatening to inflame old tensions over allegations of racist behaviour within the town's police detachment.
Nathaniel Fells, 19, and William Drummond, 20, claim they were leaving a bar after closing time when Fells noticed a group of men beside a large vehicle.
The van was filled with off-duty officers from out-of-town RCMP detachments, Halifax Regional Police and other Nova Scotia police forces who were in town for a charity golf tournament.
But Fells said he didn't know that.
He said when he and Drummond looked toward the van they heard someone yell a racial slur.
"I heard someone say 'What are you looking at, n......?' "
Drummond was shocked by a Taser at least once, Fells said, adding he stopped fighting when he was threatened with a Taser himself.
Young men allege racism in fracas with off-duty N.S. police officers