A civil suit filed against 2 RCMP officers, the Minister for Public Safety and the solicitor general, will be moving ahead to trial in January 2012.
9 days have been scheduled for this trial, that stems back to an incident that took place in Surrey in January of 2007, where two RCMP allegedly assaulted Dwayne Washington while attempting to arrest his brother with an unendorsed family maintenance order. According to the court documents filed in defence by the ministry, the RCMP believed they had correctly identified the male named in their unendorsed warrant and proceeded to arrest Washington forcefully. He remained subdued and in cuffs until another RCMP constable arrived and determined the arresting officers had the wrong man and Washington was released. He went on to seek medical treatment and was found to have a concussion as a result of the force used in the incident.
This Global news clip from 2008, details the allegations and injuries of the plaintiff, Dwayne Washington, whom RCMP wrongfully identified as his brother Cal.
RCMP did initiate a lengthy internal investigation and no charges were approved against the arresting officers, Constable Khan, and Constable Clemett, who did not have a Feeney warrant in their possession, only an unendorsed warrant.
You can read the court documents below:
Statement of claim of the victim : washingtonstatementofclaim
Statement of defence, minister of public safety, solicitor general: ministrystatementofdefence
Surrey RCMP have been in the news increasingly as of late, with the revelations that the RCMP officer named in the botched ectasy case, was also one of the officers charged in the Surrey Six case. The force has the second highest number of improper use of force complaints of any RCMP detachment in BC – 21 complaints in 2010.