BC’s independent police watchdog has cleared a Prince Rupert RCMP officer of any wrongdoing after an arrest earlier this summer left a man with a broken arm.
The probe by the Independent Investigations Office says the officer was called to a report of an intoxicated male lying in a flower bed between Safeway and the BC Liquor store during the afternoon of June 23rd.
When a bystander went to check on the male, he acted aggressivley and swung at her before falling down.
During the arrest, the male’s arm was broken above the elbow and he was treated in hospital. A witness to the incident told investigators the Mountie appeared to be “going really, really easy on the guy because he was impaired.”
When interviewed by the IIO, the injured man only remembered going for drinks with a friend and then waking up in hospital. He had no memory of the arrest nor did he make any allegations against the officer.
The IIO concluded that the force used by the officer was primarily to protect himself and any injury caused was unintentional.
With no offence under any enactment found, the incident will not be referred to Crown counsel for charge consideration.