IIO closes investigation into Vernon death, finds police played no role in it

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The IIO's mandate is to investigate any incident where police actions or inactions may have caused harm or death to a civilian person. Independent Investigations Office

The province’s police watchdog agency has ended its investigation of a Vernon death this spring.

According to the Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO), Vernon RCMP played no role in a man’s death on the morning of April 25, when officers attended a local residence at 7:25 a.m., to transport him to hospital.

“Video footage shows that when the man arrived with officers at the hospital, he went into medical distress,” the IIO said on Wednesday.

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“Despite the life-saving efforts of medical staff, the man was pronounced deceased.”

The IIO said its chief civilian director reviewed the evidence, which included a civilian witness statement, video footage, and police information, and determined the cause of death was not related to any police action or inaction.

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The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in B.C., and it investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.

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