Nanaimo Mountie charged with assault

NANAIMO – Internal and criminal investigations ordered after allegation of excessive force used during fingerprinting.

A Nanaimo RCMP constable faces an assault charge following an incident at the Nanaimo RCMP detachment in August.

The constable allegedly used excessive force while fingerprinting  a 47-year-old woman in the detachment cell block Aug. 17.

The woman was not injured during the altercation and did not require medical assistance.

The incident was reported by another RCMP member.

Supt. Norm McPhail, officer in charge of the Nanaimo detachment, ordered an  RCMP internal code of conduct investigation and a criminal code investigation after he was informed of the incident in early September.

“I would describe the incident in general as a verbal and physical control of an individual and, basically, in terms of my substantiating the code of conduct [investigation], is unnecessary and unwarranted force,” McPhail said.

McPhail said cell block surveillance video footage was reviewed as part of the investigation.

The criminal code investigation was forwarded to Crown counsel and on Monday a charge of assault was sworn against Const. Derek Brown. Brown will appear in court March 6.

The woman was arrested following a theft complaint, but Brown was not the arresting officer.

Brown has four years’ service with the RCMP, all in Nanaimo, and was working as a general duty officer at the time of the incident. McPhail said there have been no prior incidents involving Brown.

He remains on administrative duties and will have no interaction with the public pending the outcome of both the criminal and internal processes.

“Police officers are not above the law,” McPhail said in a press release. “Where there are allegations of excessive force, those allegations will be investigated and the police officer will have to account for the level of force used.”


Just Posted

UPDATE: Premier promises Nanaimo byelection before February budget debate

Historically safe NDP seat will be vacated by longtime MLA Leonard Krog

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Northfield intersection realignment won’t improve traffic flow

Is the new design actually any better, asks letter writer

Suspect who died at Nanaimo ferry terminal shot himself at the same time police fired

Officers didn’t commit any offence, says police watchdog office

Explosion at homeless camp causes brush fire along Millstone

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews haul hundreds of metres of hose down ravine

Cedar residents protest homeless encampment near Nanaimo River

Residents raise concerns about environmental impact and crime, but offer also assistance

OPINION: Nanaimo not only voted, but voted with purpose

Nanaimo’s civic leadership will see the change that so many wanted

Ovechkin has 4 points as Caps rough up Canucks 5-2

WATCH: Defending champs pick up impressive win in Vancouver

B.C. government moves to tighten resource industry regulations

New superintendent will oversee engineers, biologists, foresters

Election watchdog seeks digitally savvy specialists to zero in on threats

Move follows troublesome evidence of online Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election

More court before Dutch man charged in Amanda Todd case is extradited here

Appeals must be dealt with in Europe, before charges faced in B.C.

Crown says man guilty of B.C. girl’s 1978 murder based on alleged confession

Jury hears details of girl’s 1978 murder while Crown says man should be convicted of girl’s murder based on alleged confession.

BCHL alumni has NHL jersey retired by Anaheim Ducks

Paul Kariya played with the Penticton Vees from 1990-1992

Most Read