|More investigations will be launched in the case of boy who was Tasered by Mounties. (QMI Agency file photo illustration)
VANCOUVER - A separate police probe into the RCMP Tasering of an 11-year-old Prince George, B.C., boy has cleared the officers involved of any criminal wrongdoing.
Two federal and provincial government bodies, however, will continue their own investigations.
On April 7, Mounties were investigating the stabbing of a 37-year-old man when they located the aboriginal boy, who had allegedly stabbed the man, at a neighbouring house.
They managed to get the boy to emerge from the house, but it’s unclear why an officer then zapped him with a stun gun.
B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth and the Commission of Public Complaints Against the RCMP will take into account the West Vancouver Police Department report, but both are preparing their own investigations.
“We will take into account the criminal investigation. The age of the individual was the primary rationale for our concern,” said commission spokesman Jamie Robertson. “We’re looking specifically at procedures that were followed through training and individual conduct.”
Carrier-Sekani tribal chief David Luggi, however, expressed disappointment that “police investigate the police.” He said it’s another reason why a civilian oversight body – something Premier Christy Clark had promised – should investigate instead.
He added the provincial probe, which focuses on a trend of police being called to discipline children in group homes, should “offer more credibility” in the incident.
“My office will continue to provide advocacy and support service for this boy and to work with the Ministry of Children and Family Development to ensure his needs are being met,” said Children and Youth representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond in a statement.