BC’s independent police watchdog has cleared RCMP for an arrest that left a Williams Lake man with broken cheek bones.
The Independent Investigations Office says an officer was attempting to arrest the man for public intoxication at a bus stop on the evening of June 19, 2016 when the man resisted and became combative.
An auxiliary officer driving by saw the struggle and came to assist, helping the first officer take the man to the ground. A third officer responding to a backup request put his knee on the suspect’s shoulder and helped handcuff the man.
The man told IIO investigators that he only remembers being at the bus stop, police arriving, and then waking up in hospital.
The IIO says the evidence presented doesn’t provide grounds for any charges. It says the responding officer acted in accordance with his duties and the force he applied was primarily to protect himself.
The investigation also concluded that the other two police members rendered assistance to an officer in need and that any injury was unintentional.
The matter will not be forwarded to Crown Counsel for consideration of charges.