The Independent Investigations Office of BC found that Victoria police officers used reasonable force in an apprehension that occurred June 5, 2017. News file photo

VicPD officers cleared of wrongdoing in arrest resulting in injury

Independent investigation finds police used reasonable force during mental health call

Victoria police officers did not use unreasonable force in a 2017 apprehension that resulted in injuries to the person being arrested, the Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIOBC) has found.

On June 5, a 911 call was received concerning the mental health of an affected person (AP). Numerous officers attended and the individual was apprehended under the Mental Health Act. That person suffered broken ribs as well as pnuemothorax – excess air between the lungs and chest wall – during the apprehension.

The research for the IIOBC report used photographs, interviews and medical records to determine whether reasonable force was used.

“Not one of the witnesses, neither civilian nor police, suggested that excessive or unreasonable force was used to apprehend AP,” concluded the report, “All of the witnesses agreed that AP was unreasonably unco-operative with the police.”

The IIOBC did not recommend further charges in the matter.

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