No charges against Prince George, B.C., Mountie over 2020 death
October 12, 2023 By The Canadian Press
Oct. 12, 2023, Prince George, B.C. – Prosecutors in British Columbia say they won’t be charging an RCMP officer in connection with the death of an Indigenous man in Prince George in 2020.
A statement from the prosecution service says that although the province’s independent watchdog said there were reasonable grounds to believe the officer may have committed an offence, the evidence available isn’t enough for charges.
The statement says officers were called to a break-and-enter at a sporting goods store in April of 2020 and, after three hours, police deployed tear gas and sent in a police service dog.
The statement says the man, who was later identified as Everett Patrick, was pulled to the ground by the dog and an officer who struck him did not break his fall and didn’t see if his head hit the ground.
Patrick was medically cleared at a hospital but after arriving at the detachment fell multiple times and was carried to his cell where he was later found in medical distress.
He died more than a week later from what a pathologist said was a brain hemorrhage due to blunt force injuries.
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