B.C. RCMP officers charged in 2016 incident in Prince George

Prince George, BC – This afternoon, the BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced charges in an incident which occurred in Prince George, for which the BC RCMP had sought independent review and assessment.

In February 2016, the BC RCMP received information relating to a video which captured the arrest of the occupants of a stolen pick-up, by Prince George RCMP officers. An immediate internal review of the incident was launched. Following this review, the BC RCMP requested assistance from the Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO BC) to formally investigate. (Link to original press release).

The IIO BC has since referred the matter to the BCPS for charge assessment, who announced today charges had been formally laid. Constables Kyle Sharpe and Wayne Connell have each been charged with one count of Assault Causing Bodily Harm, and Constable Josh Grafton has been charged with one count each of Assault with a weapon and obstruction of justice. They are expected to appear in court on August 12, 2020.

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Upon learning of the video, formal internal Code of Conduct investigations were immediately initiated, these matters have since concluded and are subject to the Privacy Act.

All officers are on active duty.

BACKGROUND

2016-03-18 13:30 PDT

The RCMP has requested that an independent and external agency investigate the circumstances of the arrests that took place on February 18, 2016 in Prince George.

Earlier this week, the RCMP was made aware of a video capturing an arrest by Prince George RCMP officers of two occupants of stolen pick-up truck. The RCMP takes concerns about member conduct very seriously and a review was immediately launched into the matter.

On Friday March 18th the RCMP asked the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) to formally investigate the matter. The IIO BC has agreed and the investigation has been authorized by the Director of Police Services.

The Prince George RCMP will maintain conduct of the concurrent initial investigation relating to the stolen property.

The BC RCMP will await the findings of the IIO BC investigation and therefore has no further comments at this time.

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