Pukatawagan RCMP officer accused of hitting dog with vehicle on purpose, IIU investigating

The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) is investigating a Pukatawagan RCMP officer for allegedly intentionally running over a dog with a police vehicle while on duty.

The IIU, an investigative group that looks into allegations of serious incidents involved police, announced it would investigate the incident, which took place Jan. 6. According to an IIU news release, the officer was operating a police vehicle around 3:40 p.m. when they allegedly hit on a dog sitting in the road. The IIU was made aware of the incident Jan. 11.

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IIU civilian director Zane Tessler deemed the incident "in the public interest for the IIU to investigate." No further details about the investigation have been provided, as it remains active.

Manitoba RCMP responded to the statement via social media Jan. 13, saying, "We are saddened a [Manitoba RCMP] officer is accused of intentionally hitting a dog with a police vehicle in Pukatawagan. Dogs are an important part of our team and many officers work with rescue groups to find fosters. We take this very seriously and support IIU’s investigation."

Manitoba RCMP also issued a news release detailing the incident further, adding that the condition of the dog is unknown and that efforts to locate it "were unsuccessful".

"Senior officers immediately began investigating the serious allegations, and on January 11, 2021, the RCMP advised the Manitoba Independent Investigation Unit (IIU)," reads the Manitoba RCMP news release.

"The officer in question has not returned to the community and has been placed on administrative duties. We are not able to provide information on years of service or any other information that could possibly identify the officer."

In addition to the IIU investigation, Manitoba RCMP has opened up a Code of Conduct investigation into the officer's alleged actions. The officer in question has not yet been charged with a crime and the allegations have not yet been proven in court.

Anyone with information, video footage or other possible evidence of the incident that may aid in the investigation is asked to call the IIU toll-free at 1-844-667-6060.

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