Door slam arrest probed

B.C.’s police oversight body has determined that a Coquitlam RCMP officer should not be charged for allegedly closing a police vehicle door on the ankle of a man who had been arrested.

The Independent Investigations Office of BC, which investigates cases of serious harm or death involving police officers, looked into the Dec. 14, 2018, incident in which two Mounties responded to a brawl in Coquitlam. The officers arrested one of the intoxicated men, put him into a police vehicle and stuck him in a cell for the night.

The man told the IIO one of the officers closed the door on his ankle and that he complained of pain multiple times and asked to receive medical treatment. 

Once in a cell, he was told his ankle looked fine. 

The following morning, a new officer called an ambulance. At the hospital, the man said he was told he had a broken fibula that required surgery. 

The IIO could not determine whether the spiral fracture was pre-existing to the man’s arrest, that the victim acknowledged the door was not closed on him out of malice, and that the officer apologized afterwards.

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