IIOBC to clear officer of wrongdoing

An RCMP officer is found to have broken no rules during a New Year's Day arrest.

During a busy New Year’s Eve the New Hazelton Detachment RCMP responded to nearly 40 calls and made 14 arrests, but one arrest provoked a call to the Independent Investigations Office of B.C.

After the arrest of an as yet unnamed female, who suffered from undisclosed medical complications while in police custody, the New Hazelton RCMP informed the IIOBC of the event.

The IIOBC took over investigations the same day and have yet to release an official statement.

“What we have uncovered is that there was no excessive use of force used in this instance by the arresting officer,” Owen Court, IIOBC strategic projects and public engagement, said.

Sgt. Jeff Pelley, New Hazelton RCMP detachment senior officer, was unable to comment due to the IIOBC’s ongoing investigation.