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Nanaimo RCMP cleared of wrongdoing after man suffers serious injuries while in custody


The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of British Columbia has cleared Nanaimo RCMP of wrongdoing after a man suffered serious injuries while in police custody.

On December 8th, RCMP detained a man without any altercation at a Nanaimo business who had outstanding warrants.

He was lodged in a Nanaimo RCMP cell where he was slated to remain until Wednesday, December 13th. However, two days later, on December 10th, while still in the cell, the man experienced a medical event that caused him to fall and sustain a serious injury.

Nanaimo RCMP informed the IIO that it was around 11:45 a.m. when the man suddenly collapsed, and paramedics from Emergency Health Services subsequently transported him to the hospital.

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Upon the occurrence of the medical episode, paramedics were called, and the man was transported to the hospital for treatment, where it was determined to be a serious injury.

According to the IIO, there is video footage from the arrest scene and the entirety of the man’s time in cell that shows no force was used against him at any time.

Further, there was no prior indication of the medical event leading to his injury before it occurred.

The report said the Chief Civilian Director reviewed the evidence, including video footage from the arrest scene and RCMP cells, medical records, and police information, and has determined that there is no evidence to support that force was used by police or any other action that could have contributed to the man’s condition.

The investigation has now closed.

The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency for the police in British Columbia. It investigates all incidents involving officers that lead to serious harm or death, regardless of whether any allegations of wrongdoing are made.

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