Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating an incident in Surrey.
Information provided by the RCMP indicates that on November 8, 2020 at approximately 9:50 p.m., police received a complaint regarding a man’s behaviour at a residence. While en-route, the officer was advised that the man had left the home and he was subsequently located near the intersection of 128 Street and 104 Avenue. When advised he was under arrest, the man reportedly resisted. During the interaction, he allegedly sustained injuries.
The man was transported by police to a local area hospital where he was medically cleared before being transferred to Surrey RCMP detachment cells. He was then released from police custody on November 9, 2020.
On November 14, 2020, Surrey RCMP became aware that the man alleged he suffered serious harm during his arrest on November 8 meeting the threshold for IIO notification. The IIO was subsequently notified on November 15.
The IIO will investigate to determine what role, if any, police actions or inaction played in the injuries.
The IIO is asking any person who saw, heard or recorded the incident to contact the IIO Witness Line toll-free at 1-855-446-8477 or via the contact form on the iiobc.ca website.
The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.