February 24, 2015 2:50 pm

Four Vancouver Island RCMP officers charged in light of IIO investigations

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Four RCMP officers have been charged in two separate incidents on Vancouver Island after an investigation by the Independent Investigation Office.

In Nanaimo, a charge of assault causing bodily harm has been approved against a member of the Nanaimo detachment in connection with an incident alleged to have occurred in the detachment cells, dating back to June 15 of last year.

It is not clear what the nature of the assault was.

Cst. Tim Bedard will appear in court on March 17 to face the charge.

In a separate incident in Parksville, a charge of assault with a weapon has been approved against three members of the Oceanside detachment.

This incident is alleged to have occurred in the detachment cells in Parksville in June of 2013.

The charge alleges the use of oleoresin capsicum spray in a manner that constitutes excessive force. The complainant sustained physical injuries while in the Oceanside detachment, but IIO says the injuries were unrelated to use of the spray.

Cst. Scott Kennedy Jones, Cpl. Michelle Rene Lebrun and Cst. Mick Donald White are due to appear in court next month.

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