Regina police officer charged with assault against two people in detention area

REGINA — A veteran Regina Police Service officer is facing new assault charges.

Cpl. Colin Magee, 46, is charged with two counts of assault. The allegations involve a man and a youth last September in the service's detention area.

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Chief Evan Bray said both people were in cells and the allegations came to light through a police review, not a victim complaint.

Magee was previously charged with a December 2016 assault in 2017, which was referred to a restorative justice program. The charge was later stayed.

Bray said Magee has been removed from detention area duties and has been doing administration work.

He said Magee's future will be determined once the new case is concluded in court.

"There's no real prescription for how we handle officers that are charged," he said Tuesday.

Bray said Magee was assigned back to the detention area after the first case was resolved.

He said it was hoped moving Magee to work there would be positive not only for the service, but for him.

Bray said Magee's actions could be monitored in the area because it is under surveillance.

"If something came up, we could review it. And unfortunately something did," he said.

"I might make decisions differently, but I made that decision thinking that it was a good fit."

Bray would not divulge any details of the recent allegations. He said he doesn't believe there were any injuries reported. He said Magee's actions were captured on surveillance.

Magee is due in court in May. His lawyer, Aaron Fox, declined comment.

Tony Merchant, lawyer for the man allegedly assaulted by Magee back in 2016, questioned the Crown's initial decision to refer the matter to a restorative justice program. He believes it was never fully resolved.

Merchant called it a failure of the Crown not to proceed with the charge in court. He said what happened to his client was also captured on surveillance video.

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