IIO notified of injury during arrest

B.C.'s civilian-based police watchdog has been notified of a police-involved injury in Prince George, the B.C. RCMP said Tuesday.

RCMP said an officer from the local detachment noticed a man riding a bicycle, allegedly weaving in and out of traffic and not wearing a helmet, near 5th Avenue and Ewart Street, on May 11 at about 8:30 p.m.

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The officer stopped the man to issue a violation ticket and when a check revealed the man was wanted for an unrelated offences, the officer put him under arrest and took him into custody. But in the process of trying to put handcuffs on him, the man allegedly resisted, RCMP said, and backup officers were called in.

The following morning the man complained of pain, and he was taken to hospital for treatment.

RCMP said the Independent Investigations Office has since been notified. The IIO investigates incidents of police-involved deaths and serious injury for evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

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