B.C.’s police watchdog probing Taser incident in Kamloops

A man was arrested on Feb. 5 by Mounties with the use of a Taser and went into medical distress. He was sent to hospital in serious condition.

The province’s police watchdog agency is investigating an incident in Kamloops on the weekend that saw a man under arrest be taken to hospital in serious condition after being Tasered by officers.

RCMP say that at about 11:20 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, officers were called to the area of Columbia Street and Pemberton Terrace in Lower Sahali, where a man had allegedly thrown a rock at a car and was causing a disturbance by yelling and screaming in the street.

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Officers found the man in the 400-block of Pemberton Terrace and attempted to take him into custody.

According to the RCMP, the man resisted arrest and a Taser was used to subdue him. After being handcuffed, the man went into medical distress and was taken to nearby Royal Inland Hospital in serious condition.

The Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) is investigating to determine whether police actions are linked to the man’s injuries.

Updates on this and other IIO BC investigations can be found online at iiobc.ca.

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