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Watchdog investigates Kamloops RCMP after detained woman injured


A woman ended up in hospital with a serious injury after she was detained in Kamloops RCMP cells this past weekend.

B.C.'s police watchdog is investigating the incident, which stemmed from a residential disturbance call on McGill Road on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Kamloops RCMP were called to the home around 11:35 p.m. that night and arrested a woman near the scene, according to an Independent Investigations Office of B.C. news release.

She was held in detachment cells until she complained of an injury in the morning. She was taken to Royal Inland Hospital where it was determined that she had suffered a serious injury.

The agency didn't say whether she was injured during her initial arrest or later while in cells. It also didn't specify why police were called to the home or why she was arrested at all.

The nature of her injury wasn't specified with the office calling it a serious injury.

"The (independent investigations office) has commenced an investigation, and initial investigative steps will seek to confirm when the injury occurred and what role, if any, police may have played in that injury," the release reads.

The agency is asking any person with relevant information or video footage regarding the incident to please contact the Witness Line toll-free at 1-855-446-8477 or via the contact form on the website.

The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in B.C. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.

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