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Officer tells trial he could have spoken more clearly to prosecutor

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A Winnipeg police officer on trial with his partner for allegedly obstructing justice admits he could have spoken more clearly to a prosecutor.

Const. Graeme Beattie testified today that a few days before a preliminary hearing was to start his partner, Const. Paul Clark, pointed out his notes said Beattie picked up the bag of drugs after going into a suspected crack house not before like Beattie's notes said.

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Beattie said they wanted to tell the Crown about the discrepency and thought if there was a video from the back of the house it would clarify what happened.

He said when they did and Crown attorney Erin Magas asked him if there was a video of their arrest of an alleged drug dealer what would it show he responded "I picked up a bag of drugs going into the house, but I may have picked up a bag of drugs as I left the house."

When asked about this wording today, Beattie said: "it was very poor.

"If I had made my point I wouldn't be sitting here today."

The trial continues.

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