Commission insists on need for new legislation to address delay issues
OTTAWA, Jan. 31, 2012 /CNW/ - The Commission for Public Complaints
Against the RCMP (CPC) has released its final report in public interest
investigation into the in-custody death of Clay Alvin Willey in Prince
George, BC, on July 22, 2003.
RCMP members in Prince George arrested Mr. Willey following reports of a
man behaving erratically. The RCMP used force in arresting and
transporting Mr. Willey to cells. Mr. Willey was later transported to
hospital, where he died the next morning.
The Commission found that while the use of force used to arrest Mr.
Willey was reasonable given the circumstances, members failed to treat
Mr. Willey with respect or decency during his transportation from the
police vehicle to cells. Many of the Commission's recommendations
regarding the investigation have been addressed with the implementation
of more recent policies. The RCMP Commissioner has essentially agreed
with all of the Commission's findings and recommendations.
The CPC initiated its complaint into the incident in November 2009 at
the request of the Solicitor General of British Columbia. The
investigation was completed in November 2010 and the CPC provided its
interim report at that time. It took the RCMP nearly 14 months to issue
its response to the CPC's Interim Report. The CPC maintains that these
delays are inappropriate and impede the public complaint process.
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PDF with caption: "Executive Summary". PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2012/01/31/20120131_C7996_DOC_EN_9445.pdf
SOURCE Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP
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