Police watchdog investigates after Prince Rupert woman injured during arrest

John Crawford

BC's independent police watchdog is looking into an incident in Prince Rupert, in which a woman suffered serious injuries after being arrested over the weekend.

The Independent Investigations Office says the arrest took place at around 10:15 Friday night.

The IIO says the RCMP were responding to a report of an intoxicated man and woman sitting near the waterfront, in the 700-block of 1st Avenue West.

Police say a struggle ensued after officers told the woman she was under arrest.

According to the RCMP report, the woman allegedly then jumped down a nearby drop, falling about six metres (20 feet). 

Officers and Emergency Health Services personnel provided medical care and transferred the woman to hospital, where it was determined she was suffering serious injuries.

The IIO will try to determine what role, if any, the officers' actions or inaction may have played into her injuries -- and is asking anyone who saw, heard or recorded the incident to contact the IIO Witness Line (toll free at 1-855-446-8477).


The Iindependent Investigations Office investigates all officer-related incidents in BC that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing. 

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