Penticton police officer at risk of being charged with causing injury

PENTICTON - The fate of a Penticton RCMP officer is in the hands of Crown Counsel after a complaint was filed by a woman who allegedly sustained injuries while in police custody.

Chief Civilian Director Richard Rosenthal of the Independent Investigations Office filed the report after a complaint was made by the woman involved in the officer-involved incident.

The woman was taken into custody on April 8, 2014 but was released later that day. Ten days later, she contacted the RCMP saying she had sustained an arm injury while in custody. The RCMP reported the injury to the investigations office after confirming the extent of her injury.

The investigations office conducted interviews and reviewed the woman’s medical records. The Chief Civilian Director determined that an officer may have committed an offence and sent the file to Crown Counsel, as is procedure.

The Crown Counsel office now has jurisdiction over the case and will decide whether or not charges will be laid. To approve charges, there must be reason to believe the offence can be proven in court beyond a reasonable doubt.

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