Investigation of alleged assault by Penticton police officer dismissed

PENTICTON - No charges will be laid against a police officer who allegedly assaulted a woman while she was in custody.

An investigation conducted by the Independent Investigations Office “concluded there is no substantial likelihood that the officer … would be convicted of any offences arising from the circumstances.”

In April 2014, an officer was called to the Penticton Library to deal with a disruptive person, who later made complaints against the officer that he hurt her arm while helping her up after she fell. The woman was arrested for being drunk in public and was taken to the police detachment.

The complainant asked the officer to let go of her arm while he was helping her into the police vehicle, however the officer did not immediately let go in order to prevent her from hitting him, which she had already done.

A week later, the complainant was diagnosed with having a broken wrist and complained she received the injury during the arrest.

Crown counsel concluded there is no substantial evidence to determine when and how the complainant’s wrist was broken, or that the officer used excessive force.

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