WINNIPEG – Three Winnipeg jail guards have been fired after allegedly assaulting an inmate, prompting an independent review of the province's downtown remand centre.
A fourth correctional officer has been suspended because of the allegations, while an internal probe and a city police investigation have begun into the alleged attack at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.
A spokesman for Manitoba justice department said Saturday that "Winnipeg Remand Centre senior managers received information alleging serious mistreatment of an inmate by staff" in recent weeks.
He added that "disciplinary action was taken against the staff involved" while the matter was referred to city cops to probe.
Though the spokesman did not confirm the guards were fired, Bob Dewar, operations director for the Manitoba Government and General Employees Union (MGEU), told QMI Agency they were terminated.
The MGEU is examining the situation to determine whether it will challenge the firings or the suspension through grievances or other means, Dewar said.
The government spokesman did not describe the alleged assault in detail or say what might have spurred it.
Dewar said he doesn't have the details.
Subsequent reports of "inmate mistreatment" have surfaced, the provincial spokesman said, adding that if warranted, the complaints will also be referred to the Winnipeg Police Service.
Because of the alleged assault, the government spokesman said, the provincial corrections division has brought in the federal Correctional Service of Canada to look into "certain aspects" of operations at the jail.
A Winnipeg police spokesman said he has no information on the probe by city officers.