Editor’s note: This article mentions and discusses self-harm and suicide.
The family of RCMP Const. Jasmine Thiara is asking questions surrounding the circumstances of her death after learning she was pregnant and her superior officer was allegedly the father.
The intimate relationship between Thiara and the man who ranked higher than her went on for more than a year and was not disclosed to their RCMP detachment, the family’s lawyer Martin Peters told Daily Hive in a phone interview.
“The family is very, very concerned about the relationship that existed between Jasmine and her superior officer,” he said. “They want that investigated.”
Thus far, the RCMP has not been forthcoming with the family, and neither has the man in question, Peters said.
Thiara was found dead on February 21 on the sidewalk of the Moray Bridge in Richmond, which connects Sea Island to the main city. Vancouver Police Department officers came to the area and found her body after receiving a 911 call about a woman considering self-harm.
BC’s police watchdog is investigating Thiara’s death and said in a news release that her injuries appeared “self-inflicted.”
She suffered gunshot wounds, but Peters is waiting for the coroner’s report before calling her death a suicide.
Thiara’s family didn’t think she was at risk for suicide, although Peters acknowledged that it can come as unexpected to loved ones and family. Right now, Thiara’s family is looking for answers.
“She was a very loved person,” Peters said.
In an emailed statement to Daily Hive, Richmond RCMP spokesperson Dawn Roberts told Daily Hive the department remains “committed to addressing their concerns and determining the facts in this case.”
Roberts confirmed Richmond RCMP is aware of the allegations and there are multiple investigations taking place.
“The RCMP has also launched an internal administrative review which is being handled by members from outside of the Richmond RCMP. All these investigations remain active and ongoing. We are fully participating and committed to determining the facts,” noted Roberts.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please use the following resources:
- Crisis Centre BC at 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE)
- Chat online at youthinbc.com
- Chat online at Crisis Centre Chat
- Coastal distress line 604-872-3311
- In-person at Vancouver General Hospital’s Access and Assessment Centre