Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Posting
Surrey. B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has recently acquired several new files.
RCMP reported on August 17, 2019, at approximately 3:56 a.m., two officers were responding to an unrelated matter on the Whistler Village Stroll when a female cyclist was observed riding at high speed amongst pedestrians. Officers told the female to stop but she rode away. When returning through the area on the bicycle, the female collided with and was arrested by the officers. The female resisted, and officers took her to the ground.
Once in cells, the female complained of pain in her ankle and was transported to Whistler Healthcare Center. It is was determined she had sustained a fractured ankle.
Anyone who saw, heard or may have footage of the incident is asked to contact the IIO witness line at 1-855-446-8477.
Surrey RCMP reported on August 18, 2019, at approximately 12:19 a.m., a call was received in relation to a male in distress.
Officers located the male at residence on 144a Street, Surrey and apprehended the male under Section 28 of the Mental Health Act.
Officers placed the male in the patrol car and called Emergency Services to the scene to complete transport of the male. Enroute the male went into medical distress.
The IIO investigation is to determine if there is a connection between the medical distress of the male and actions or inactions of officers.
Vancouver Police reported that on August 19, 2019, at approximately 8:20 p.m., officers attended a multi-occupancy building on Hornby Street, Vancouver to execute a warrant.
A male exited a room via the window and fell two storeys. He sustained head and leg injuries.
Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact the IIO BC at 1-855-446-8477.
Surrey RCMP reported on August 19, 2019, at approximately 4:36 p.m., officers attended a residence on 102B Avenue, Surrey following reports of a disturbance.
Officers tried to communicate with a male who they observed was in possession of several edged weapons.
An Emergency Response Team (ERT) was requested and in apprehending the male officer deployed both a conducted energy weapon and a less lethal 40 mm Extended Range Impact Weapon.
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.