July 16, 2015 - 9:04 AM
KAMLOOPS - The independent investigation office of B.C. delivered a report to Crown counsel following an RCMP incident which left a man with serious injuries to his spine last year.
Investigators with the office independently examine cases when members of the public sustain injuries after coming in contact with RCMP members.
According to members of the Kamloops detachment, on Sept. 10, 2014 officers were attempting to take a local man into custody near Yew Street on the North Shore when he fled. Members found the man injured after he went over a fence and transported him to Royal Inland Hospital for the injuries to his back.
The office’s Chief Civilian Director investigated the file, completed his review and opted to forward a report to Crown Counsel after determining the officer involved may have committed an offence.
When the investigators with the office are called in, often information about the event is largely withheld from the public. RCMP can't speak about it and the investigations office reveals little. The investigators do not advise the Crown about charges. In B.C., only Crown prosecutors lay charges and only if they determine charges are in the public interest and that evidence is strong enough for a "substantial likelihood" of conviction.
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