The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO BC). (Black Press file photo)

The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO BC). (Black Press file photo)

Investigation into Chilliwack RCMP arrest concludes no serious harm done

IIO examined medical records of man who alleged he was injured during arrest

An investigation into an RCMP officer’s arrest during a wellness check in Chilliwack in October has concluded the man arrested did not suffer serious harm.

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is called in to investigate after police-related incidents resulting in death or serious harm to determine whether any officer may have committed an offence.

On Oct. 5, at approximately 3:15 p.m., police attended a residence in the 5700-block of Vedder Road and arrested one man. RCMP had been called as the man had failed to leave the residence as he had agreed to, and due to concerns for his wellness.

The man reported that he sustained serious injuries during the arrest, which led to the IIO investigation.

The man went to the hospital after being released from custody, but medical records and his own statement confirm that the injuries didn’t meet the definition of serious harm, as defined by the Police Act.

“In making his decision, the chief civilian director reviewed the evidence, including statements from the affected person and a civilian witness, in addition to police and medical records,” according to an IIO press release issued Jan. 25.

“The IIO investigation is now concluded.”

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