RCMP watchdog clears Kelowna Mountie in dog bite incident

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A Kelowna Mountie has been cleared of immoderate wrongdoing related to an incidental that near a suspected motorcycle thief suffering from what was deemed a superior canine bite.

Police were called Aug. 1, 2020 astatine astir 10:15 p.m. to analyse a reported theft of an electric-assist bicycle and located a antheral believed to beryllium progressive connected the Rail Trail adjacent Hardy Street, according to the Independent Investigations Office, the civilian oversight bureau of the constabulary successful B.C.

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“There was an enactment betwixt the man, a constabulary work canine and his handler. The antheral sustained a superior canine wound injury,” the IIO said successful a property release.

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Police provided aesculapian assistance and the antheral was transported to a section infirmary for treatment.

“The Chief Civilian Director of the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. reviewed the disposable grounds and determined that determination are nary tenable grounds to judge that an serviceman has committed an offense,” according to the release.

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Accordingly, the substance volition not beryllium referred to Crown counsel for information of charges and the probe is present concluded.

The watchdog bureau said it concluded its probe successful April 2021. However, owed to concurrent tribunal proceedings related to this incident, the IIO did not contented immoderate study astatine the clip connected the anticipation tribunal proceedings mightiness beryllium concluded successful the adjacent future.

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However, arsenic those proceedings continue, astatine this constituent this is the lone connection the IIO volition make. The IIO volition beryllium issuing its accustomed nationalist study astatine the decision of that tribunal process.

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The Regional District of the Central Okanagan said bicycle theft continues to beryllium a transgression of accidental close crossed the Central Okanagan. More than 1,000 bikes a twelvemonth are reported stolen and RCMP believes the existent fig is overmuch higher.

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