The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU) announced on Friday, July 2, 2021, the conclusion to several separate investigations they were conducting over the last year.
Off-duty discharge of firearm
In June of 2020, the IIU began an investigation into the discharge of a firearm by an off-duty RCMP officer. The incident took place inside the officer’s home according to the IIU.
As a result of the investigation and in consultation with Manitoba Prosecution Services the civilian director of the IIU has determined that there are reasonable grounds to believe an offence occurred under the criminal code.
Cst. Jacob Clement was issued a summons for careless use of a firearm and will appear in Brandon Provincial Court on August 12, 2021 to answer to the charges.
Morden Fatal collision
Just after midnight on January 22, 2021, a Morden Police Service officer had attempted a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle fled and the officer gave chase but soon afterwards terminated the pursuit due to safety concerns.
A short time later the suspect vehicle was located in a field laying on its side. Both the driver and passenger were found outside the vehicle and required medical attention. The male passenger died in hospital for his injuries.
After a review of the evidence, reports, video surveillance footage, medical reports, scene photos and radio communications it was concluded that no officer contributed to the cause of the collision and resulting death and injuries.
Injury During Arrest
In June of 2020 a 55-year-old male alleged that he sustained an injury to his wrist as a result of being handcuffed during an arrest in Portage la Prairie on May 22, 2020.
Although the injury that was reported does not meet the definition of a serious injury the IIU determined it was in the public interest to investigate.
Following the investigation it was determined by the IIU civilian director that there are no grounds to justify any charges against the subject officer.
Allegation of Stolen Property
In April 2021 RCMP received a formal complaint from a male that RCMP officers had seized $15,000 in personal items during his arrest in Ile Des Chenes.
The IIU was notified of the complaint on June 1, and began an investigation into the alleged theft. On June 16 the male who made the allegation contacted a senior IIU investigator and said he had located the jewelry that he had reported stolen.
The investigation was terminated.
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