BRITISH COLUMBIA

Jocelyn Gowland Strip Search Was Not Police Misconduct: Judge

06/24/2013 07:48 EDT | Updated 08/24/2013 05:12 EDT
VANCOUVER - A B.C. Supreme Court has upheld a ruling by the province's police-complaint commission that cleared an Abbotsford constable who strip searched a female motorist in a gas station's washroom.

The incident took place Aug. 15, 2009 after Const. Karen Burridge and another officer were tipped off that Jocelyn Gowland might be carrying drugs.

Gowland filed a complaint, and an investigation found that while Burridge failed to inform the motorist of her charter rights, the constable's actions did not constitute misconduct.

Retired judge William Dieblot was then appointed by police complaint commissioner Stan Lowe to investigate the matter, but he also came to a similar conclusion, noting Burridge had acted in good faith.

Lowe then applied for a judicial review of the matter in B.C. Supreme Court.

But Justice Elliott Myers has dismissed the application in a ruling posted online Monday, noting Lowe's legal counsel was unable to point to anything that indicated intentional or reckless misconduct by the constable.

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