Watchdog clears south Island RCMP officers of wrongdoing in Saanich teen’s demise

Police have been cleared of any wrongdoing within the demise of a Saanich teenager.

The Impartial Investigations Workplace of B.C. (IIO) has concluded its investigation in West Shore RCMP’s involvement within the November 2021 demise of a 19-year-old man with a Saanich deal with, who died after his automotive plunged into Patricia Bay.

At round 3 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2021, police arrested the person with out incident and launched him from custody at roughly 7 p.m., in line with an announcement from the IIO. At round 7:20 p.m., the person was reported to have breached his circumstances and was spoken to by an officer from West Shore RCMP however not taken again into custody.

Shortly earlier than 9 p.m., the person’s automobile went off the highway close to the intersection of West Saanich and Mills roads in North Saanich and entered the water. He was pronounced useless on the scene.

The chief civilian director of the IIO has reviewed the proof, which incorporates civilian witness statements, medical data and police information, and decided neither police motion nor inaction performed a job within the man’s demise.

“There have been issues concerning the person’s psychological wellness, however accessible data displays that grounds didn’t exist to apprehend the person below the Psychological Well being Act,” learn the assertion.

The IIO’s investigation has concluded, however the BC Coroners Service continues to conduct its investigation into the demise.

The IIO is the unbiased civilian oversight company of the police in B.C. and investigates all police-related incidents that end in critical hurt or demise.


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