Police have apologized to a Kamloops man wrongly targeted by officers following a report of a suspicious occurrence in Westmount — an incident captured on video and shared widely online.
Mounties responded to an area on Collingwood Drive over the noon hour on Thursday for a report of a man “passed out” in a vehicle.
RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said the licence plate number provided to police also came back as having been reported stolen.
“With this information, police officers attended to this vehicle with an abundance of caution,” she said, noting the circumstances appeared similar to an incident last weekend in which a police vehicle was rammed by a stolen vehicle.
“When officers approached the man in the vehicle, he was defensive and didn’t comply with police directions,” Shelkie said.
Shelkie said investigators soon learned the man was the registered owner of the vehicle and had been resting rather than passed out. The vehicle’s licence plate had also been relayed incorrectly and it had never been reported stolen.
“A supervisor attended the scene, explained the circumstances leading to the officers’ actions and apologized to the man,” Shelkie said.