Media Advisory - Chair-Initiated Complaint - In-Custody Death of Christopher KLIM - Vernon, British Columbia - December 27, 2007

    OTTAWA, Jan. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Paul E. Kennedy, Chair of the Commission
for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC), the federal agency that provides
independent civilian review of RCMP members' conduct in performing their
policing duties, has initiated a complaint into the conduct of those RCMP
members present at, and engaged in, the apprehension and shooting death of Mr.
Christopher Klim in Vernon, B.C. on December 27, 2007.
    In his complaint, Mr. Kennedy indicates that he is satisfied that there
are reasonable grounds to investigate the circumstances surrounding the
shooting death of Mr. Klim. Accordingly, pursuant to subsection 45.37(1) of
the RCMP Act, he has initiated a complaint into the conduct of the RCMP
officers involved in this incident, as well as matters of general practice
applicable to situations in which RCMP members respond to individuals who are
in a state of mental health crisis. Areas of specific examination include:

    - whether members complied with all appropriate training, policies,
      procedures, guidelines and statutory requirements relating to persons
      being apprehended under the Mental Health Act and taken into custody;
    - whether the RCMP national, divisional and detachment-level policies,
      procedures and guidelines relating to persons in a state of mental
      health crisis, and/or being apprehended under mental health legislation
      are adequate.

    The complaint can be found on the CPC website at

For further information:

For further information: Nelson Kalil, Manager, Communications, (613)

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