2 Yellowknife officers charged for use of force in connection to arrest of Whatı̀ woman last fall

Two RCMP officers based in Yellowknife have been charged with assault, according to a news release from N.W.T. RCMP on Wednesday, and both remain working at the Yellowknife detachment.

The charges stem back to an incident last fall, on Oct. 14, 2020, when police were lodging a woman in cells, the release said.

That night, police arrested 25-year-old Tracella Romie of Whatı̀.

In January, Romie told CBC News she was put in the back of an RCMP vehicle by two officers and brought to the Yellowknife detachment, where two other officers also detained her.

Romie said she was intoxicated and remembers very little of that night, but she does remember spitting up blood and officers pulling her handcuffed hands high in the air in a painful manner. When she was released, she went to a friend's house and found bruises on her back, shoulders and wrists.


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