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Abbotsford police reviewing results of RCMP criminal investigation into Const. Lacy Browning

The investigation into Kelowna RCMP Const. Lacy Browning's treatment of UBCO student Mona Wang is now in the hands of the Abbotsford Police Department.
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July 17, 2020 - 8:24 AM

The RCMP’s criminal investigation into Const. Lacy Browning’s handling of a wellness check on UBC Okanagan student Mona Wang has now been turned over to Abbotsford police for a review.

“Our investigators are reviewing the RCMP investigators’ completed investigation to ensure it is transparent, thorough and complete,” Abbotsford Police Department media relations officer Sgt. Judy Bird said in an email. “The RCMP will be the agency to respond to any inquiries.”

The investigation stems from an incident in January when Browning went to check on Wang’s condition after RCMP received a phone call from her boyfriend who was concerned about her.

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Last month, Wang filed a lawsuit against Browning and her lawyer released video footage of Browning dragging her handcuffed down the hallway of her apartment building and stepping on her head near the front door.

This comes at about the same time as a second lawsuit has been filed against the officer by Fiona Read, alleging mistreatment at the hands of Browning in January, 2016.

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“We understand that a new civil claim has been filed and deals with allegations from an incident in January 2016 that was not previously reported to the RCMP,” RCMP Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet, senior media relations officer for the RCMP’s E Division wrote in an email today, July 17. “While we have not been formally served, typically what happens is that once served the civil matter will be reviewed and addressed by the Department of Justice through the normal civil processes. The allegations are also being reviewed to determine if there are any other actions that need to be taken.”

"Browning is on administrative leave but her “duty status is subject to continual assessment,” Shoihet wrote.

Once the Abbotsford Police Department review is done, the materials will be sent to the B.C. Prosecution Service to see if criminal charges are warranted, she wrote.


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