Mountie faces assault charge from Kimmirut incident last year
Const. Ira Tarleton was doing relief work in Nunavut in 2020, RCMP says
An RCMP officer who was working in Kimmirut in 2020 faces three criminal charges stemming from a call that summer.
Const. Ira Tarleton has been charged with assault causing bodily harm, theft under $5,000 and mischief under $5,000, the RCMP reported in a news release issued Friday. All three charges are alleged Criminal Code violations.
Tarleton is stationed in Ottawa but was in Nunavut in a relief capacity at the time of the incident, which occurred when he responded to a call for service.
The police news release did not describe the nature of the original call. Cst. Tarleton is currently suspended with pay, the RCMP confirmed in a May 11 email to Nunatsiaq News.
The RCMP’s commanding officer in Nunavut, Supt. Amanda Jones, called the charges “very serious,” adding the conduct of police officers is “paramount in maintaining the trust of the community they serve.”
“These allegations do not reflect the integrity of our individual members nor do they represent what we stand for as a police service,” Jones said in the news release.
Tarleton is scheduled to appear in Nunavut court on Aug. 9.