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2nd civil suit filed against Kelowna RCMP officer for 'unlawful actions'

Const. Julius Prommer in a previous video.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Dustin Blondin
October 29, 2020 - 4:15 PM

A second lawsuit has been filed against a Kelowna RCMP officer alleging misconduct.

Kelowna resident Judith Reid claims in a civil suit filed, Oct. 26, she was exercising in her room, Feb. 28, 2018, which upset a neighbour and later that night a police officer knocked at Reid’s door. She grabbed her phone and notified the officer she would be recording the conversation.

Reid alleges Kelowna RCMP officer Const. Julius Prommer entered her room and forcibly kicked the back of her leg. She said that she “fell to the floor of her bedroom in excruciating pain.”

Prommer did not offer help and instead proceeded to arrest her and attempted to drag her and berate her to stand up on her leg, she said.

The officer then called an ambulance and Reid was taken to Kelowna General Hospital where she remained handcuffed and was not immediately attended to despite the pain she was experiencing, according to the suit.

READ MORE: Kelowna RCMP face another civil suit for 'unlawful' actions

While waiting at KGH, Reid agreed to be processed at the RCMP detachment based on Prommer's assurance she would be returned to the hospital. She was taken to the detachment and placed in the drunk tank, despite not having consumed alcohol and was not intoxicated, and continued to be in severe pain.

Reid was then released by the RCMP and returned to KGH where X-rays revealed that she had a tibial plateau fracture and required surgery on her right leg.

As a result of the officer's "unlawful actions," the suit outlines how Reid suffered emotional distress, humiliation, shame and embarrassment and labelled Prommer’s conduct abusive and repetitive in the extreme. It goes on to say she suffered mental and physical injury.

Reid is seeking punitive and exemplary damages against Prommer and the RCMP.

“The RCMP are aware that Prommer had a habit of using excessive force against members of the public,” the suit alleges.

Reid consulted three Kelowna lawyers prior to this suit who said they would not be interested in taking her claim due to the difficulties of bringing claims against the RCMP. Reid said she was discouraged from taking any action and it was only in 2019 that she discovered her nightmares, depression and anxiety were linked to the 2018 incident.

Reid claims she only became aware she had a legitimate claim in 2020 against Prommer and the RCMP following media reports of another Kelowna resident who filed a report against Prommer that was similar in nature to her experience.

A notice of application has also been filed by Reid, requesting the RCMP hand over crime notes and anything involving the investigation pertaining to her arrest.

The other civil suit was filed last month by Dustin Blondin of Kelowna.

None of the allegations have been proven in court and RCMP have yet to file a response.

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