BRITISH COLUMBIA

B.C. police watchdog forwards report to Crown after woman injured in arrest

06/05/2013 06:35 EDT | Updated 08/05/2013 05:12 EDT
SURREY, B.C. - British Columbia's police watchdog has forwarded a report to Crown counsel after a Vancouver Island woman was injured during her arrest by Mounties.

The woman was taken into custody in Port Alberni on Feb. 15 after RCMP officers determined she may have not been compliant with a court order.

But the Independent Investigations Office says she suffered a leg injury during her arrest and was assessed by the BC Ambulance Services in police cells before being transferred to hospital.

The police watchdog says it began looking into the event because of information it received one week after the incident.

The agency says it forwards reports to prosecutors when its chief civilian director believes an officer may have committed an offence, although the report includes no recommendations on charges.

The police watchdog says Crown counsel will now determine whether an offence occurred and whether if can be proven in court beyond a reasonable doubt.