Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
July 30, 2014
SURREY – Chief Civilian Director Richard Rosenthal of the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) has made a report to Crown Counsel with respect to an officer-involved incident that took place in Princeton on March 22, 2014.
In the early morning hours, Princeton RCMP responded to a complaint involving a vehicle parked on Ridgewood Drive. According to police, the officers located the driver and a passenger in the vehicle. They also noted the smell of alcohol.
Over the following few minutes, officers determined the driver was impaired and advised him that he would be taken into custody. There was a struggle as the affected person was placed in the police vehicle.
While in the police vehicle, the affected person experienced a medical event and was transported to hospital. He received treatment and was subsequently discharged.
The IIO asserted and sustained jurisdiction. The Princeton RCMP maintained jurisdiction for the concurrent investigation involving the affected person.
In this case, standard investigative activities were conducted including interviews, identification of witnesses and a review of the medical records related to the affected person. The investigation was concluded and forwarded to the Chief Civilian Director for his decision. In examining the evidence, he determined that an officer may have committed an offence and as such, has sent the file to Crown Counsel.
The Chief Civilian Director does not make a recommendation on whether charges should be approved or what charges Crown Counsel should consider. Under the Crown Counsel Act, the Criminal Justice Branch has jurisdiction over the charge assessment and charge approval process.
In approving charges, the Criminal Justice Branch must be satisfied not only that an offence may have been committed, but that the commission of an offence can be proven in court beyond a reasonable doubt. Criminal Justice Branch policy provides that in making this assessment Crown Counsel will apply a two-part test:
- There must be a substantial likelihood of conviction based on the evidence gathered by the investigating agency.
- A prosecution must be required in the public interest.
Under these circumstances, no public report will be issued by the IIO and no further information will be provided.
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