New video shows another case of alleged police brutality in Terrace
WATCH: A new video has surfaced showing another case of alleged police brutality in Terrace
VANCOUVER – Global News has obtained a new video showing another case of alleged police brutality in Terrace.
The cell phone video was taken in May and shows a RCMP officer repeatedly punching a young man, once after he is in handcuffs.
The person who took the video wants to remain anonymous and was initially scared to come forward.
The Independent Investigations Office (IIO), which investigates officer-related incidents, has now been called in to look at what happened.
Terrace RCMP contacted the IIO on Oct. 8 to report the incident. According to the RCMP they received the video on Oct. 8 and immediately called the IIO.
WATCH: For the second time in less than a week, Terrace RCMP are being accused of using excessive force. Rumina Daya reports.
The IIO now has jurisdiction over the incident.
“It’s a shocking video,” said Josh Patterson from the BC Civil Liberties Association. “It’s really disturbing to see a police officer punching someone repeatedly and punching them after they’re already restrained, they’re on the ground, they’re face down, it’s not apparent on the video there’s any attempt being made to resist or to be a problem and so for us the natural question is whether or not this was an inappropriate use of force.”
“It certainly looks that way from what we’ve seen on the video.”
This is the second time an incident of alleged police brutality in Terrace has been brought to the media in less than a week. Robert Wright filed a lawsuit alleging he sustained permanent brain damage at the hands of an RCMP officer whose violence was fuelled by steroids.
No one from Terrace RCMP detachment returned our calls, but according to reports, the officer seen punching the man is now on administrative leave.
– With files from Rumina Daya
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