B.C. Crown says no charges against officers in arrests involving broken bones

VANCOUVER - Police officers will not be criminally charged after breaking suspects' bones during two separate incidents in Vancouver and Williams Lake, B.C.

The Criminal Justice Branch says that in each case there isn't a substantial likelihood that the officers would be convicted of any offences.

The Vancouver case involved three officers and a police dog tracking down a suspect in a break-and-enter case in April 2013.

Police say the man put the dog in a choke hold and that officers used kicks, knee strikes and baton blows that resulted in broken bones in the suspect's shoulder and face.

Last August, RCMP officers in Williams Lake investigated a bar fight where a man was alleged to have a handgun, and he later complained that his jaw was broken during the arrest.

The complainant still faces a charge of assaulting a peace officer but few details have been released in the pending case.

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