Prince Rupert RCMP under investigation after complaint made

The Delta RCMP are investigating a complaint made by a Prince Rupert girl's family after her arm was broken during arrest.

The Delta RCMP are investigating an incident involving a 15-year-old girl and the Prince Rupert RCMP officers early this month, after the girl’s mother lodged a complaint with the BC Police Complaint Commissioner.

The incident ended with the girl having a broken arm and having to be taken to the hospital.

The Prince Rupert RCMP responded to a report of a domestic disturbance between a mother and daughter. The RCMP says that was when officers learned that the girl was threatening to hurt herself, and they arrested her under the Mental Health Act, which allows officers to arrest someone if they are a danger to themselves.

What happened during the time between their arrival and when she was taken to the hospital is unclear. But at some point the girl’s arm was broken and she was also arrested for assaulting an officer.

According to the RCMP, officers were not injured. There is not word at this point on whether or not the police intend to press the assault charge against the suicidal girl or not.

Since they are under investigation, the Prince Rupert could not answer questions about the incident. The Prince Rupert Northern View contacted both the Delta RCMP and the Police Complaints Commission to get more details about what the police and the family are saying happened, but neither have returned calls so far.

We will update this story as more information comes available.