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IIO says ‘reasonable grounds exist’ to consider charging 2 Surrey cops

Surrey-based police watchdog, the Independent Investigations Office, forwards report to BC Prosecution Service
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A Surrey-based police watchdog has concluded that “reasonable grounds exist” for it to forward a report to the BC Prosecution Service asking that it consider charging a Surrey Mountie and a Surrey Police Service officer in relation to a traffic collision last year.

A bulletin from the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC was issued May 16 concerning police having responded to a report of a “suspicious” green Hyundai Elantra in the 100-Avenue parking lot of Green Timbers Forest at about 8 a.m. on June 18, 2023.

“The Hyundai was subsequently involved in a collision at the intersection of 100 Avenue and 140 Street. The male driver of the Hyundai was taken into custody shortly thereafter and transported to a hospital where he was found to have sustained injuries,” the bulletin reads.

Chief Civilian Director Sandra Hentzen determined the officers “may have committed offences related to grounds to pursue and driving offences.”

The IIO is an independent civilian oversight agency that investigates police-related incidents involving serious harm or death.

About the Author: Tom Zytaruk

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