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West Van police investigate RCMP officer
The West Vancouver police have launched a criminal investigation against a Central B.C. RCMP officer, after an arrest in Williams Lake left one man still in hospital a week later.
On July 21, RCMP from Quesnel — approximately 100 kilometres north of Williams Lake — pursued a suspect vehicle into the Williams Lake area.
A 35-year-old occupant was caught and during his arrest suffered injuries that left him in hospital as of July 27.
West Vancouver police would not confirm whether the man was still in hospital at press time Wednesday, nor would they say whether the officer under investigation is with the Quesnel or the Williams Lake RCMP detachment.
The police are also withholding the nature of the man’s injuries and the crime he was suspected of committing at the time of his arrest.
Several officers with the West Van police have been assingned to travel to Williams Lake for the investigation, which the department said it will handle in a “fair, transparent and timely manner,” according to a press release.
As one of the few independent municipal police forces in the province, the West Van police are often called upon to investigate when a Mountie is suspected of a crime, to avoid the perception of a pro-RCMP bias.