Charlottetown police investigating inmate's excessive force complaint

Published on August 11, 2014

Charlottetown police cruiser

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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.