Two B.C. Mounties charged with manslaughter, three others face obstruction charge
February 1, 2023 By The Canadian Press
Feb. 1, 2023, Victoria, B.C. – British Columbia’s prosecution service says two RCMP officers are accused of manslaughter in the death of a suspect in July 2017 in Prince George.
The service says three other Mounties from the same detachment are charged with attempting to obstruct justice in the events that followed the arrest.
The service says in a statement that constables Paul Ste-Marie and Jean Francois Monette have been charged with manslaughter.
Sgt. Jon Eusebio Cruz, and constables Arthur Dalman and Clarence MacDonald are accused of attempting to obstruct justice.
RCMP said at the time of the arrest that 35-year-old Arthur Dale Culver appeared to have trouble breathing before he died in while in police custody.
B.C.’s police watchdog investigated the death and sent a recommendation of charges to the prosecution service in May 2020.
The service says the charges were approved by an experienced criminal lawyer who has no prior or current connection with the officers.
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