A surveillance video that’s a part of a civil lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court docket reveals an RCMP officer in Kelowna dragging a feminine nursing pupil down a hallway and stepping on her head after a wellness verify at her residence.
The go well with alleging bodily and emotional abuse was filed by Mona Wang, a pupil on the College of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, in opposition to RCMP Cpl. Lacy Browning on March 23.
The officer disputes the declare, saying that solely obligatory pressure was used to subdue the scholar when she turned violent. In Browning’s assertion of defence, filed June 15, she alleges Wang had a field cutter in her hand and denies that she assaulted the scholar.
Not one of the allegations has been confirmed in courtroom.
Within the discover of declare, Wang says she was experiencing psychological misery on the night of Jan. 20, 2020, and her boyfriend known as the RCMP requesting a wellness verify.
The lawsuit says Browning discovered Wang mendacity on her residence’s rest room ground and didn’t present medical help.
Wang stated she was not in a position to stand on her personal when Browning demanded she rise up.
Dragged down hallway
“Browning proceeded to assault the plaintiff by stepping on the plaintiff’s arm,” the lawsuit states. “Browning kicked the plaintiff within the abdomen whereas the plaintiff was mendacity on the toilet ground semi-conscious.”
In keeping with the lawsuit, Browning handcuffed Wang after which dragged her out of the suite, down a hallway towards the ground’s elevator whereas punching her within the face.
The officer took Wang into custody with out telling her why she was being detained and transported her to the Kelowna Normal Hospital, in response to the civil declare.
Wang says she suffered cuts, swelling and bruising from the alleged mistreatment.
“As a direct, foreseeable and proximate results of Browning’s reckless and illegal actions, the plaintiff has suffered emotional misery, humiliation, disgrace and embarrassment, psychological and emotional trauma,” the lawsuit states.
Historical past of suicide makes an attempt
In her authorized response to Wang’s declare, Browning denies she used extra pressure than was essential to subdue the scholar and take her into custody.
In her assertion, Browning says Wang had a historical past of suicide makes an attempt, and when the officer arrived on the residence she discovered the scholar mendacity on the toilet ground with empty bottles of drugs and an empty wine bottle close to her.
Browning says Wang was holding a box-cutting knife in a single hand and had cuts on her arm and chest.
After she eliminated the knife, Browning claims the scholar was initially unresponsive however then turned combative, and began yelling that she wished to be killed.
“The defendant Browning then struck the plaintiff a number of occasions with an open palm, which subdued the plaintiff sufficiently for the defendant Browning to efficiently handcuff the plaintiff,” the authorized response states.
Taken to hospital
“The restricted use of pressure by the defendant Browning was not more than was affordable and obligatory within the circumstances to each direct compliance in addition to defend the plaintiff from additional hurt.”
Browning says she detained Wang underneath the Psychological Well being Act, took her out of the residence and to a police automotive outdoors, and the girl was taken to hospital.
Her response says she moved Wang to the entrance door, as a result of she wasn’t certain paramedics would be capable to entry the constructing and since she felt it unsafe to depart Wang alone.
This month, the courtroom ordered the residence constructing the place Wang lived on the time of the incident present surveillance video of the incident.
Wang’s lawyer Michael Patterson offered the video to CBC Information this week.
WATCH | Surveillance footage from the residence block hallway and foyer:
The video doesn’t seize what occurred in Wang’s residence, however it reveals Browning dragging the scholar down the hallway after which into the constructing’s foyer as different persons are coming out and in of the constructing.
Wang is mendacity on the ground in pants and a bra and never shifting.
At one level, when Wang lifts her head, Browning steps down on her head, forcing it again to the ground.
Browning later grabs Wang’s hair and lifts her head and shoulders up off the bottom.
Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran noticed the video for the primary time Monday evening and stated he was “very upset.”
“It’s actually disturbing and I believe it simply highlights the necessity for systemic modifications,” he advised Dawn South host Chris Walker.
“Coping with psychological well being and habit points is just not simple, however what I noticed in that video was extremely disappointing.”
RCMP spokesperson Workers Sgt. Janelle Shoihet stated in an electronic mail the police pressure is “dedicated to reviewing the supplies and the allegations because it pertains to the police officer’s actions to find out what steps should be taken.”