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Police drag man down stairs

Police have launched a review into a new video that shows an RCMP officer dragging an elderly man down the stairs.

The incident happened after a strata meeting in Coquitlam Thursday night degenerated into possible violence.

A video uploaded to YouTube shows a Mountie grabbing and pulling an elderly man who is lying on the ground toward a staircase at the Best Western Hotel. The officer yells "Stop resisting," then pulls him down the stairs.

In a statement, Coquitlam RCMP Supt. Sean Maloney said police were called because the annual general meeting had "gotten out of hand and that some parties in attendance were potentially fighting."

Police say the man refused to leave.

"I respect and understand that the video may cause concern to the public," Maloney said.

"I ask for the community's understanding to give time for a fulsome review to take place, so I can make an informed decision about the next steps."

– with files from CTV Vancouver



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