Friday, January 26, 2018

Province's Independent Investigations Office delivers report for consideration of charges in Prince Rupert RCMP/pedestrian incident of March 2017

Following a review of a March incident
in the downtown area of Prince Rupert,
The IIO has handed over its report
to the BC Crown prosecutor
The investigative body that reviews incidents involving the police in the province has completed its review of a March 2017 incident which saw a pedestrian struck by a police car driven by an on-duty member from the Prince Rupert detachment.

The late evening incident took place on Saturday March 25th and was located in the 800 block  of Second Avenue West.

As a result of the vehicle/pedestrian incident, a Prince Rupert man suffering a number of injuries, was transported to the Kitimat Hospital and released a few days following his admission.

The background to the March incident can be reviewed here.

The announcement of the result of the review, was released yesterday, and in it, Ron MacDonald, the Chief Civilian Director of the IIO advises that he has forwarded a report to the B.C. Prosecution Service for consideration of charges.

The Prince Rupert review, was one of two cases that the IIO turned over to the BC Crown Prosecutor on the day, with the other involving an incident in Surrey.

As they consider whether to approve charges or not, the B.C. Prosecution Service will have to be satisfied that there is substantial likelihood of conviction based on the evidence gathered by the IIO and that any prosecution is in the the public interest.

With the matter now in the hands of the Crown, the Independent Investigation Office will not be making any additional comment about the facts of the case at this time.

The Prince Rupert detachment has not as of yet issued any statements related to the IIO recommendation.

For more items of interest related to Northwest Emergency responders see our archive page here.

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