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Calls for RCMP help results in injuries, says B.C. Civil Liberties Association

VICTORIA - The B.C. Civil Liberties Association claims RCMP mishandling of 911 calls in northwest B.C. has resulted in three serious injuries, but the Mounties say the association is grandstanding with the complaints when it knows investigations are under way.

Civil Liberties Association President Robert Holmes says three separate incidents over a recent five-week period saw two men and a 15 year-old girl sent to hospital after police responded to calls for help.

Holmes says the girl suffered a broken arm, while the two men suffered head injuries during altercations with RCMP officers.

But RCMP Supt. Ray Bernoties says the association is seeking attention when it already knows the incidents are subjects of independent external investigations.

He says the Mounties will not comment on the cases while they are being investigated, but are prepared to comment if any of the incidents results in charges against officers.

Holmes says some aboriginals living in northwest B.C. now say they are becoming afraid to call the police for help.

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