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Kelowna Mountie on administrative leave after violent arrest
Three Kelowna RCMP officers attempt to take a man into custody in a parking lot on May 30, 2020. (Castanet.net)
KELOWNA, B.C. -- An RCMP officer has been taken off patrol after being involved in a violent arrest that was captured on video by bystanders in Kelowna, B.C.
Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet says a statutory code-of-conduct investigation is underway into the officer's actions and he has been reassigned to administrative duties.
The head of the Kelowna detachment, Supt. Brent Mundle, said earlier this week that the videos of officers responding to reports of an intoxicated man “are shocking to many people,” but they don't show everything.
Two officers were dealing with what the Mounties say was an unco-operative 30-year-old when videos show a third officer running over and repeatedly punching the restrained man in the head.
He was treated in hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and an investigation of an alleged impairment case continues.
RCMP announced Thursday that Mundle had been transferred out of the detachment but said his departure had nothing to do with videos.
“Transfers such as these take significant time and pre-planning prior to initiation,” Shoihet says in an email.
The officer linked to the video has served in Kelowna for three years and his status remains under “continuous review and assessment,” Shoihet says.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 5, 2020