Media Advisory - Chair-Initiated Complaint In-custody serious injury in Chilliwack, British Columbia November 19, 2007

    OTTAWA, Nov. 20 /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 RCMP members
present at, or engaged in, the arrest of a male individual on November 19,
2007, and the adequacy of the subsequent criminal investigation, pursuant to
subsection 45.37(1) of the RCMP Act.
    In his complaint, Mr. Kennedy indicates that given the ongoing
expressions of public concern as they relate to (1) the degree and type of
force required by police officers when effecting an arrest and, as in this
case, the specific concerns raised in respect of the use of a conducted energy
weapon (Taser), including related policy procedures and guidelines for
deployment; and (2) the propriety of the police investigating the police, he
is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to investigate the conduct of
all RCMP members involved in this incident and the adequacy of the
investigation conducted by the team tasked with the subsequent investigation.

    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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