Category Archives: British Columbia

Man Dies Following Numerous “Falls” After He is Taken into RCMP Custody in Kitimat (June 1, 2020)

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO), the agency that examines cases of police harm in British Columbia, is investigating the death of a man who was taken into RCMP custody in Kitimat. The IIO reports that the man “fell a number of times” after being taken into police custody. He had been arrested on May 30 on reports of “an intoxicated man” near the City Centre Mall. He died on June 1.

According to the IIO, the man was detained by police and transported to hospital after falling, before he was released on the morning of May 31. The IIO reports that the man fell again on May 31, while not in police custody. On June 1 he “was found to be suffering serious injuries while in hospital and passed away later that day.”


Man Dies During Arrest by Richmond, BC, RCMP (May 28, 2020)

A man has died while in custody of RCMP in Richmond, BC, (Metro Vancouver) on May 28, 2020. The Independent Investigations Office (IIO), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in British Columbia, is investigating. As is commonly the case in police killings in Canada, publicly released details are limited.

According to the IIO, RCMP responded to reports of shoplifting at a business in Richmond. Upon arrival, a security guard was struggling with the man. The victim was placed in handcuffs before police addressed his being in medical distress. Emergency responders were called and transported the man to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

This was the first of two police involved deaths in Metro Vancouver in two days.


Man Dies During Arrest by Delta, BC, Police (May 30, 2020)

A man has died while being arrested by Delta Police (Metro Vancouver) on Friday, May 30, 2020. Publicly released details are very limited at this point. The Independent Investigations Office (IIO), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in British Columbia, is investigating. They report that the man was pursued by police for allegedly stealing a taxi at the ferry terminal. No one was in the taxi at the time.

According to the IIO, the man “was taken into custody. During the course of his arrest, the man suffered serious injuries.” The man was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.


Man Dies in RCMP Siege at Home in Chilliwack (May 23-24, 2020)

An RCMP siege at a home in Chilliwack, British Columbia, has left one man dead, The circumstances are still unclear, with reports shifting as the event unfolded over several hours overnight on the evening of May 23 and morning of may 24, 2020.

It has been reported that RCMP were called regarding a distraught man at a home in the 46000 block of Christina Drive, at around 5:30 PM on May 23. Initial reports said the man fired a shot or shots when police arrived. That has not been confirmed publicly. It has also been reported that more officers, an emergency response team, a crisis negotiator, and a police helicopter were also deployed to the scene. Nearby homes were allegedly evacuated.

The story is even less clear regarding a supposed interaction between the man and police, after about six hours, when police, for some reason fired shots as the man exited the home. He then ran back inside the home.

It is reported that a police robot was used to enter the home and search it, finding the man unresponsive. He died at the scene.

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in British Columbia is examining the events resulting in the man’s death.


Everett Patrick (42), Lake Babine First Nation, Dies in Prince George RCMP Custody (April 20, 2020)

Everett Patrick (42), a member of the Lake Babine First Nation, has died after being taken into custody by Prince George RCMP on April 12, 2020. Patrick had been hospitalized after going into “medical distress” while being arrested by RCMP. He was taken off life support on April 17 and died on April 20.

The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating Patrick’s death. They report that the RCMP used a dog team to track Patrick down after allegedly responding to an alarm at a private business. They also say that Patrick was taken to hospital twice on the day he was arrested, first to be treated for what have been described as “minor wounds.” The nature of these wounds has not been confirmed publicly but it has been said that they were bites from the police dogs.

The IIO report that hours after being returned to the RCMP detachment from the hospital, Patrick “went into medical distress and was transported to hospital where he was found to be suffering from serious injury.” Miranda Thomas, Patrick’s sister, says that the family has been told that “he was having a seizure in the jail cell” (quoted in Bellrichard 2020).

Thomas says that doctors told the family that a CT scan showed that Patrick suffered “bleeding in his brain requiring emergency surgery and that he wasn’t expected to survive” (quoted in Bellrichard 2020).

The family has serious questions about what happened to Patrick while he was in RCMP custody and what caused him to be taken to the hospital for a second time the same day (Bellrichard 2020).

 

Further Reading

Bellrichard, Chantelle. 2020. “Prince George Family Looks for Answers After Man Dies in Police Custody.” CBC News April 22. https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/prince-george-death-rcmp-custody-investigation-1.5540688?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar


No Charges Against Surrey RCMP for Killing Nona McEwan and Randy Crosson

Once again killer cops get off. The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in British Columbia, has announced that it will not be recommending charges against the RCMP officers who shot and killed Nona McEwan and Randy Crosson on March 29, 2019 in a home on the 13300 block of 98A Street in Surrey. The decision was made public on April 1, 2020. Four officers were directly involved in the killings. None have been named publicly. The IIO reports that the officers fired over forty rounds, in close quarters. Forty.

Police described the context of the killings as a “hostage taking.” For over a month after the killings, RCMP publicly implied that Randy Crosson had killed Nona McEwan.

When asked directly in 2019 if he could say conclusively that a police bullet did not hit Nona McEwan, the Surrey Now-Leader reported that Integrated Homicide Investigation Team spokesperson Corporal Frank Jang replied:

“No, I mean that’s all part of the investigation that’s happening now. There will be updates coming forth from the IIO but all those details, the exact mechanism, entries, where the shots came from, that’s all going to be part of the investigation. I can’t comment further because it’s still ongoing.”

Not long afterward the lie was put to the police portrayal when the IIO reported that RCMP had shot and killed both McEwan and Crosson. Clearly, officers at the scene, and IHIT member Jang must have known that police had done the shooting. One might also figure that they knew this as they made statements over a month that posed Crosson as potentially the killer.

The IIO concluded that Crosson “provoked an armed response from police aimed at saving her.” A rather incredible statement given that firing at McEwan, striking, and killing her can in no way credibly be described as a response aimed at “saving her.”

The IIO, which is not a truly independent body and has had former officers among its members as well as relying on police for training, interviewed 38 witness police officers to determine that none of the four officers directly involved committed any criminal offense. Any criminal offense. Not at all surprising given that killer cops are virtually never held anywhere near accountable when they kill in Canada.


Man Dies after Being Pepper Sprayed, Tased, Beaten by RCMP in Whistler, BC (March 8, 2020)

A man died after being pepper sprayed, beaten with batons, and tased by RCMP in the resort town of Whistler, British Columbia.

According to the Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, RCMP claim they were called to Whistler Village around 11 AM in response to a call about an “intoxicated man.” Police deployed both pepper spray and a “conducted energy weapon” against the man, as well as beating him with batons. The victim then went into medical distress and later died. BC Emergency Health Services have reported that they responded to a call in Whistler around 11:20 AM, dispatching two ambulance crews and transporting one patient to hospital.

In a press release, BCRCMP state that “the male suddenly became still” after officers deployed pepper spray and the taser. No other details have yet been released publicly. Police claims have not been independently confirmed publicly.


RCMP Shoot and Kill Distressed Man in Lytton, BC (Jan. 13, 2020)

RCMP shot and killed a man in Lytton, British Columbia, in the afternoon of January 13, 2020. The killing happened at a home in the 1000 block of McIntyre Road shortly after 2 PM. According to the Independent Investigations Office (IIO), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, RCMP went to the home at around 8 AM in response to reports of a man in some type of distress. The IIO report that an emergency response team and a crisis negotiator were also called in.

An RCMP press release claims that “an interaction between the man and police” ended with shots being fired by the RCMP. No details have been provided publicly about the nature of the “interaction” or how many RCMP officers fired their weapons. No details have been provided about the nature of the distress the man was experiencing.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.


Man Drowns During Police Chase in Port Alberni, British Columbia (Nov. 28, 2019)

The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO), the agency that examines cases of police harm in the province, is investigating after a man drowned during a chase by police in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. The RCMP claim that the incident began at around 3 AM on the morning of November 28, 2019, following a call from a local business about an allegedly naked man cleaning off what the caller believed to be blood at a nearby car wash.

RCMP officers reportedly located the man and a chase ensued. The man allegedly ran into a river while being pursued by police and drowned.

No other information has been released publicly including any detail about the actions of police during their pursuit or what other actions were taken to interact with the man.


Clayton Donnelly (38) Dies After Being Tased by RCMP in Malakwa, BC (Oct. 28, 2019)

A 38-year-old man, identified publicly as Clayton Donnelly, died within hours of being tased by RCMP during an arrest in Malakwa, British Columbia (near Sicamous in the Okanagan), on October 28, 2019.

Ron MacDonald of the Independent Investigations Office (IIO), the unit that examines cases of police harm to civilians in British Columbia, reports:

“There was a driver who had been involved with the police earlier in a couple of other attempts to stop they vehicle he was driving. There was an interaction between the individual and the police where there was a struggle between the police and the individual. During that struggle, the male went unconscious.”

The IIO reports that the victim went into medical distress during the arrest. He was taken to hospital in critical condition and later died there.

Clayton Donnelly’s step-mother Kelly Harrison took to social media to say that Donnelly struggled for years with his mental health. Incredibly she had to respond to police sycophants who blamed Donnelly for being killed.

In a Facebook post she addressed hateful comments posted online about Donnelly. She also pointed out the lack of support available to people suffering from mental health issues. In her words:

“For those who like to condemn and judge and leave nasty messages on Facebook, maybe think a bit how you feel if it was your own loved one.

“If I see one more comment, that he is a criminal and he deserved it I will scream. He is not a criminal he is a tortured soul, who was suffering from mental illness. This story is also about a wonderful family, that for over two years tried to get him help with success!”

It might be noted that police continue to receive increased funding even as necessary social services and supports are underfunded or subjected to budget cuts.