The report advises that after investigation no offence is considered to have taken place and the matter will not be referred to Crown Counsel for consideration of charges.
The review of the incident included statements from nine civilians, including the Affected Person, EHS personnel and six other civilians.
As well, the investigating office examined the recordings of police radio transmissions, the medical records of the affected person, photographs of the scene, and other assorted Emergency Health Services records.
The incident in question goes back to the afternoon of June 23rd when Emergency Services received a 911 call related to an intoxicated male lying on a flower bed near the Canada Safeway and BC Liquor stores. Witness statements observed to a struggle between the responding officer and the subject.
A bystander who had come to the assistance of the responding office noted that the RCMP member had been "going really, really easy on the subject" as he was impaired and how the officer had observed that he believed the Affected person's arm may be broken.
In the conclusion to the decision, issued November 14th, Ronald J. MacDonald of the IIO notes:
|Chief Civilian Director|
Ronald J. MacDonald, QC, has
released a report into a June 2016
Police/civilian incident in Prince Rupert
Accordingly, as the Chief Civilian Director of the IIO, I do not consider that Officer 1 may have committed an offence under any enactment and therefore, the matter will not be referred to Crown counsel for consideration of charges.
The background to the decision makes note of some of the witness statements received and expands on the procedure of investigation and legal considerations that the office has taken related to the incident.
The full report can be reviewed here.
A look at more background to the work of the Independent Investigations Office can be reviewed here.
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