Charlottetown police investigating inmate's excessive force complaint

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Charlottetown Police Services is investigating a complaint of excessive force filed by an inmate at the Provincial Correctional Centre.

Deputy Police Chief Richard Collins says the inmate’s allegations relate to treatment he says he received in the holding cells at the courthouse in Charlottetown.

The complaint names both a guard from the correctional centre and a member of the sheriff’s department.

Collins said police are interviewing people who may have information about the day in question and will be looking at video footage from the courthouse.

The deputy chief said he could not release the identity of the inmate who filed the complaint.

But a woman who contacted The Guardian to alert the newsroom to the investigation indicated the inmate in question is her son, Dean Carl Chappell.

The woman, Gloria McMaster, expressed concern about her son’s treatment.

Chappell, 45, is currently being housed at the correctional centre pending the disposition of his case.

He is charged with assaulting a police officer and multiple counts of damage to property.

A number of the charges against him relate to his conduct while incarcerated.

Chappellhas an extensive criminal record that includes crime of violence, including an armed robbery for which he was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in a federal correctional facility.

Chappell’s appearances before the court on these latest charges have been laced with profanity and accusations of misconduct against correctional centre staff.

At one point he directed derogatory remarks towards Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr.

He has since apologized for that incident.

Organizations: Police Services, Provincial Correctional Centre, The Guardian

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • townie22
    August 12, 2014 - 20:54

    i assume City Police are investigating because it allegedly happened in the courthouse in Charlottetown. poor guy, what did they do, turn the TV off early? serve him soup and a sandwich instead of a hot roast beef dinner? respect is earned, suck it up. hate to break it to you, but you're a criminal.

  • The boy who cried
    August 11, 2014 - 13:50

    wolf

  • Stan Hope
    August 11, 2014 - 13:27

    Sounds like a pleasant enough sort of chap , a productive member that doesn't suck the life out society in general ...

  • Two sides to a story:
    August 11, 2014 - 13:12

    To Gloria McMaster: Did you actually witness these allegations of excessive force. your son is making? There are two sides to every story and with his Criminal history as stated in the above story: Chappell has an extensive criminal record that includes crime of violence, including an armed robbery for which he was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in a federal correctional facility. Chappell’s appearances before the court on these latest charges have been laced with profanity and accusations of misconduct against correctional centre staff. At one point he directed derogatory remarks towards Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr. It appears he certainly didn't have any problem with inappropiate behaviour when it came to him harming or inflicting verbal abuse on others. Lets wait until the facts are laid out on the table. There is always to sides to a story.

  • Just Saying
    August 11, 2014 - 12:15

    When you feel everyone else is the problem, just maybe, they are not the problem. Look in the mirror and I'm sure the problem will stare you back, but I feel you have a problem with anger control, and I think you would smash the mirror.

  • Just Saying
    August 11, 2014 - 12:14

    When you feel everyone else is the problem, just maybe, they are not the problem. Look in the mirror and I'm sure the problem will stare you back, but I feel you have a problem with anger control, and I think you would smash the mirror.

  • Everybody else's fault but his own
    August 11, 2014 - 10:48

    45 yr old going on 15,the poor guy has been a victim all his life (according to him) He is vulgar ,ignorant and violent and mother is concerned about his treatment???,I notice she was not worried about the Correctional center staff , the Sheriff's or the Judges or the owners of the property he damaged..

  • don
    August 11, 2014 - 09:40

    in my opinion this child even at 45 needs to grow up. he wants protection from crime against him but what about the people he has done harm to? do they not have rights?

    • I was wondering
      August 11, 2014 - 16:57

      I wondered when I read this story how long it would take some slack jawed yokel to blame the victim and whine about his past crimes somehow voiding his human rights. In true from don comes through.

  • Tracy
    August 11, 2014 - 09:20

    If the detention center is under provincial jurisdiction, why is the City Police investigating?

    • BillyBob
      August 19, 2014 - 16:19

      Poor fella, he deserves much better than this....