Prince George Tasering wasn't reason for new RCMP oversight: Bond
Public Safety Minister Shirley Bond said the recent Tasering of an 11-year-old boy in Prince George had nothing to do with this week’s announcement of a new independent police investigation office in B.C.
“No, I think it just highlighted the need,” said Bond, also the MLA for Prince George-Valemount.
The boy was Tasered in April after RCMP officers responded to a report of a stabbing at a home. Soon after, the West Vancouver Police Department was called in to investigate the Mountie’s use of the weapon and make recommendations, which could include criminal charges against the officer in question.
It’s the kind of incident that would be within the purview of the new civilian-led investigation office, said Bond, adding that the Tasering “reinforced the need for a mechanism that helps restore confidence in investigations of this nature.”
No information has been released since mid-April regarding the West Vancouver investigation. Bond said she could not comment on the matter.