Abbotsford Police to investigate alleged incident of Williams Lake beating
- Abbotsford Police to investigate alleged incident of Williams Lake beating
Global News Thursday, September 29, 2011 2:52 PM
Jamie Haller, BCCLA
Abbotsford Police will look into allegations a Williams Lake RCMP officer repeatedly punched a 17-year-old girl in the face in early September.
The incident reportedly occurred on September 10th, and the teenager, Jamie Haller, was handcuffed in the back of a police car. The B.C. Civil Liberties Association called for an independent investigation on Tuesday and now Abbotsford police will be looking at what happened.
The family of this 17-year-old girl have been contacted and advised that all aspects of the incident will be thoroughly and independently investigated by the Abbotsford Police, said Const. Ian MacDonald in a press release. Investigators from APD will be arriving in Williams Lake soon.
Haller's mother, Martina Jeff, said she was not allowed to make contact with her daughter when she was handcuffed and it was when Haller started kicking the windows inside the police car that the officer reportedly started punching her in the face.
This investigation does not please everyone however.
The First Nations Summit (FNS), the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), the BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) and the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC (NCCABC) have all expressed outrage at the situation and say police investigating police is not enough.
"Having the police investigate themselves is not sufficient", said Hugh Braker, NCCABC president. "We saw what happened in Prince George after the police tasered an 11 year old aboriginal child. A closed door investigation was done and a one sentence decision announced. The aboriginal community has no confidence in closed door, in house investigations. We are tired of the RCMP investigating themselves or being investigated by other police," he added.
MacDonald said it is not expected there will be any updates prior to the conclusion of the investigation.
a.. Williams Lake mom say police punched her handcuffed daughter
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