EXCLUSIVE: Officer involved in Maple Ridge takedown video being investigated
Serious questions are being raised about the conduct of an RCMP officer in Maple Ridge after a takedown of a man was caught on tape.
While taking a walk with her child in Maple Ridge Park last week, a woman, who asked to be identified only as Megan, called police about a man she believed was intoxicated and sitting in a truck.
As an officer tried to keep him in place on the hood of the vehicle, the man seemed to slouch away from the officer, who then aggressively sent the man to the ground.
“I believe that the officer was just throwing his weight around,” Megan said. “I don’t believe he did things how an officer should…there was no handcuffing. There [were] no threats. It was just sad to see it,” Megan said.
Ridge Meadows RCMP say all use of force situations are reviewed, and this one is currently under review.
“The circumstances dictated that the individual being dealt with by our members was, in fact, verbally and physically aggressive and the member did have to take appropriate action to gain control of the suspect,” Ridge Meadows RCMP Cpl. Brenda Winpenney said.
The officer stayed on regular service until Tuesday and the man, who was not charged with a crime, has been admitted to hospital.
A day after Global News broke the story about the incident, Ridge Meadows RCMP posted this statement to their Facebook page:
“I have viewed the video that was taken by a witness and it raises questions about how the situation was handled,” states Supt. David Fleugel, the officer in charge of the Ridge Meadows RCMP.
“I have ordered a Code of Conduct investigation into this incident and the officer involved is being placed on administrative duties pending the results of that investigation. In addition, we will also look at the witness’s allegations that she reported her concerns earlier and what happened to that complaint.”
– With files from John Daly and Paula Baker
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