IIO Update September 4, 2015

Posted September 4, 2015

INFORMATION BULLETIN
Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

 

This update includes those new cases under investigation (where serious harm/death and nexus has been confirmed); those cases under preliminary investigation (where serious harm or nexus remains unconfirmed); and updates to those cases where jurisdiction has been released.

 The Chief Civilian Director will sustain jurisdiction if serious harm/death AND a nexus or relationship between the injury and an officer’s action are confirmed.

If the preliminary investigation does not establish serious harm and nexus, the Chief Civilian Director will release all jurisdiction.

 

New Investigations: Jurisdiction Sustained

These are new cases where the Acting Chief Civilian Director has sustained jurisdiction and a full investigation is underway (since last update Aug 20).

  • IIO 15-000111 Vancouver Police Department (serious harm)

On July 25, 2015, officers responded to a complaint related to an alleged stolen vehicle. According to police, officers located the vehicle and two occupants. When the two affected persons did not comply with officers’ directions, police service dogs were deployed. The affected persons received serious dog bite injuries and were transported for treatment.

  • IIO 15-000117 Smithers RCMP (serious harm)

On August 15, 2015, officers were responding to a complaint related to an assault. Officers located the male affected person suspected of the assault. According to police, an altercation took place while the affected person was being taken into custody. He received injuries and was transported to hospital for treatment.

  • IIO 15-000118 Vancouver Police Department (serious harm)

On August 16, 2015, officers responded to a complaint related to a male in emotional and potentially medical distress. Once officers located the male affected person, they attempted to take him into custody. The male received injuries and was transported to hospital for treatment.

  • IIO 15-000119 Vancouver Police Department (serious harm)

On August 17, 2015, officers responded to a call to assist the Vancouver Fire Department. According to police, a male was obstructing firefighters as they attempted to deal with a fire. An altercation ensued between the police officer and the affected person. The affected person received injuries and was treated at hospital.

In all of these cases, the IIO was notified, jurisdiction was sustained and a full investigation is underway.

 

Preliminary investigations: pending jurisdiction decisions

These are cases where the IIO has been notified by the police and are still under preliminary investigation.

IIO 15-000083 Surrey RCMP (serious harm)

IIO 15-000088 Prince George RCMP (serious harm)

IIO 15-000102 Prince George RCMP (serious harm)

 

Jurisdiction released

These are cases where the Acting Chief Civilian Director has released jurisdiction in the absence of a nexus or serious harm.

IIO 15-000085 Chetwynd RCMP – (no serious harm)

IIO 15-000097 Burnaby RCMP (no serious harm)

IIO 15-000103 Masset RCMP (no nexus)

IIO 15-000115 Abbotsford Police Department (no serious harm)

IIO 15-000121 Vancouver Police Department (no serious harm)

IIO 15-000123 White Rock RCMP (no nexus)

 

Reports to the Criminal Justice Branch

These are cases where the Acting Chief Civilian Director found that an offence may have been committed and as a result he is obliged under the Police Act to refer the file to the Criminal Justice Branch.

IIO 14-00099 Burnaby RCMP (death)

IIO 14-000104 Vancouver Police Department (serious harm)

 

Public Reports

Public reports are issued upon the conclusion of an investigation when the Acting Chief Civilian Director determines that no officer committed an offence.

IIO 14-000143 New Westminster – (serious harm)

IIO 14-000221 Vancouver Police Department – (serious harm)

 

Marten Youssef

Manager, Strategic Communications

Marten.Youssef@iiobc.ca