Police watchdog investigating after woman injured during arrest in Vancouver

May 28 2020, 2:59 pm

BC’s Independent Investigations Office (IIO) has now been called in to investigate an incident in Vancouver, after a woman was injured by a police dog during an arrest this week.

In a release, the IIO said that on May 26, 2020, at approximately 12:45 am, VPD officers responded to a report of a man and woman engaged in an attempted robbery.

The pair were pursued using a police service dog (PSD) to the 700 block of East 57th Avenue, “where the PSD assisted in taking the woman … into custody.”

However, as a result of the incident, the woman had to be taken to hospital with what were described as “serious” injuries.

Now, the IIO is asking for any person who saw, heard, or recorded the incident to contact the IIO Witness Line toll free at 1-855-446-8477.

The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in BC. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.

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