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B.C.'s police watchdog recommends criminal charges against Kamloops Mountie

A police call to a weapons-related altercation — later found to be false — led to a man being seriously injured after being taken into custody via the use of a less-lethal firearm and a police service dog
IIOBC Ronald MacDonald
Independent Investigations Office of B.C. chief civilian director Ronald J. MacDonald.

The province’s police watchdog has recommended that criminal charges be laid against a Kamloops Mountie in connection with an incident in Brocklehurst in June of 2020.

On June 23, 2020, officers responded to a report of an altercation involving the threatened use of a firearm at a home in the 1000-block of Newton Street.

Upon arrival, officers asked the residents of the two separate suites in the home to leave and to speak with officers. Police at the time said one person did not comply with police orders upon leaving the home and was taken into custody via the use of a less-lethal firearm and a police service dog.

The man suffered serious injures.

It was later determined the initial call to police of an altercation was false.

Upon completion of the investigation, Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIOBC) chief civilian director Ronald J. MacDonald reviewed the evidence and determined that reasonable grounds exist to believe an officer may have committed offences in relation to the use of force. As a result, and pursuant to Section 38.11 of the Police Act, the IIOBC has forwarded a report to the BC Prosecution Service for consideration of charges.

In order to approve any charges, the BC Prosecution Service must be satisfied there is a substantial likelihood of conviction based on the evidence gathered by the IIOBC and that prosecution be required in the public interest.

The IIOBC is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, regardless of whether there is any allegation of wrongdoing.