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Three New Brunswick RCMP officers face obstruction of justice charge

MONCTON, N.B. — Three members of the Codiac Regional RCMP in Moncton, N.B., have been charged with obstruction of justice.

The RCMP said today in a news release that charges were laid against Cpl. Mathieu Potvin, Cst. Eric Pichette and Cst. Graham Bourque, in Moncton provincial court on Dec. 28.

Police say the charges stem from an investigation into the members’ alleged actions during a 2019 police operation.

All three are scheduled to appear in Moncton provincial court on March 15.

The members had been suspended with pay since Dec. 15, pending the outcome of the legal process.

The RCMP say its professional standards unit is conducting a code of conduct investigation.

“RCMP members are expected to hold themselves to a high moral and professional standard and any allegations that a member has not done so is troubling and taken very seriously by the RCMP,” spokesman Cst. Hans Ouellette said in an interview.

Ouellette refused to comment on the nature of the allegations or the specifics of the 2019 police operation, adding that the details will be released during the legal process.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 5, 2021.

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