Another B.C. Mountie charged with assault
In the latest in a string of allegations against B.C. Mounties, a Kelowna officer has been charged with assault.
RCMP launched both code of conduct and internal investigations in February after an individual said he was assaulted by Const. Christopher Brinnen around closing time near a Kelowna nightclub.
Cpl. Annie Linteau told ctvbc.ca Brinnen will remain on active duty until the investigation is complete. He is due to appear in Kelowna provincial court Sept. 13.
Linteau says 18 British Columbian Mounties are currently facing charges for offences dating back to 2007.
In addition to Brinnen, at least four other Mounties in B.C.'s Interior are facing legal and professional woes.
Two Kamloops officers involved in the shooting death of Wilbert Bartley, 50, last month have been placed on administrative duty while Calgary police complete their investigation.
Police say the two plainclothes Mounties fired two shots through the windshield of the SUV Bartley was driving, hitting him at least once.
Calgary investigators are currently reviewing the official statements from the two officers, who have not been charged with any offence.
Meanwhile, another pair of Kamloops officers remain off regular duty while they face separate charges of assault.
Const. Ryan Sheremetta is charged with assault for allegedly punching another man in an off-duty street fight on March 7.
He has been placed on desk duty while an internal police investigation is underway.
Sheremetta had previously been investigated for the 2004 shooting death of burglary suspect Kevin St. Arnaud. The internal RCMP review found that Sheremetta had fired his gun in self-defence.
Fellow Const. Kevin Roy has been charged with two counts of assault relating to separate arrests of male and female suspects. He has been suspended from duty with pay.
Both will make their next appearance on Aug. 26.