Cadet notes could be self-incriminating, must be protected, lawyer argues in court fight with police watchdog

Police cadets shouldn't be forced to hand over notes they've taken on the job to Manitoba's police watchdog, a lawyer for the Winnipeg Police Service says, arguing the notes could be self-incriminating and could even potentially lead to cadets themselves being investigated for criminal activity.

Shannon Hanlin, the lawyer for the police service, made the argument at a hearing Tuesday between the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba and police.

The police watchdog, which investigates serious incidents involving officers, in Manitoba, is fighting the Winnipeg Police Service's refusal to hand over notes from two cadets who witnessed the 2018 death of a man shot with a Taser — a case that's expected to be precedent-setting and could trigger legislative changes.

The IIU is asking the Court of Queen's Bench to order the police service to turn over the notes made by the two civilian cadets.

Police say Matthew Fosseneuve, 34, was acting aggressively and out of control before the stun gun was used on him near Winnipeg's Chinatown on July 28, 2018.


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