RCMP conduct in Oct. youth arrest under microscope

Manitoba’s law enforcement investigative watchdogs are looking into injuries sustained by a 15-year-old female arrested by Flin Flon RCMP.

The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) will be investigating what led to the female being injured when police removed her from a residence and arrested her Oct. 21.

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Officers responded to a call that night in Flin Flon, came in contact with the female and placed her under arrest. A statement released by IIU Nov. 5 stated that officers deemed it necessary to use force in the arrest.

The female was transported to Flin Flon General Hospital, where she was assessed and released back into the custody of police.

The IIU were notified of the arrest by RCMP Nov. 1. According to the IIU statement, the female did not sustain “serious injuries,” but the arrest and detention will be investigated.

“On review of the circumstances of the use of force and the arrest, the IIU civilian director has determined it is in the public interest for the agency to investigate,” reads the IIU statement.

The weekly RCMP report published in The Reminder’s Oct. 30 issue, submitted by Flin Flon RCMP, details an Oct. 21 arrest involving unwanted drinking in a residence and police arresting a youth deemed by police to be intoxicated. It is unclear if the incident is the same one being investigated by IIU.

The IIU investigates all serious incidents, both on and off duty, involving Manitoba police officers.



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