The B. C. nursing student who was dragged and stepped on the course of the RCMP’s well-being check at the beginning of this year, is to speak for the first time. The Surveillance video released Monday shows an officer pulling Mona Wang in the hallway of Kelowna building in January, while the young woman was not wearing a shirt.
“I was screaming for help, I was so confused,” Wang said, adding that she was in a semi-conscious state at the time. “At this time, when you are already so vulnerable, and you need medical care, to hear you say that you are under arrest.”
In a notice of civil claim naming Const. Lacy Browning, the attorney general of canada and minister of public security of the province as defendants, Wang said she was “under mental distress” on the day the police were called to his apartment for a welfare check.
“When she was dragging me, essentially, he has been scrapping off a layer of my skin and I still have the scar on my nose and my chest,” said Wang.
In a brief statement by e-mail, the Staff-Sergeant. Janelle Shoihet of the B. C. of the RCMP, told CTV News the force has reviewed the video, and that the allegations Wang.
“We can confirm that an internal Code of Conduct and criminal (law) in an investigation is ongoing,” Shoihet said.
“The RCMP also asked an outside police service to independently review the results of our criminal investigation once it is completed. ”
She added that the Policeman in the video is currently on administrative duties, and of his ” duty of the state is subject to continuous evaluation. ”
Wang has admitted that she took some pills and tried to hurt himself in the night her boyfriend called the police for help. She alleged that the respondent Constable assaulted her during the visit and it was a trial for damages.
“She was punching me and dragging me down the hall, pulling on my hair”, tells Wang she choked back tears.
“I just said, if you are going to do these things for me, you might as well kill me because it is too much. And then it has a section and completely twisted it to fit his point of view.”
The defendants say that the agent has acted in a manner ” reasonable, legitimate and made in good faith “, and that the use of force was necessary.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
At a given point in the surveillance video, the officer is seen putting his shoes on the nursing student to the head. She is also seen pulling Wang head by the hair, and then lower it to the ground.
“We deal with combative patients each day, people who are verbally abusive, physically violent, and yet you never see us with boots on their heads,” said Wang, who works in a care facility in Vancouver.
In a response to the suit, Browning said she was worried about leaving Wang alone in the apartment, given the reports that the woman was suicidal.
Browning said she found Wang did not reply, but that the plaintiff had a knife in hand and lacerations on his body, and it appeared that it could do more harm to itself or the agent.
Next to Wang, who was lying on the bathroom floor, Browning said she has found a nearly empty bottle of wine, and empty bottles of acetaminophen and melatonin.
Browning said she thought Wang might need urgent medical or psychiatric help, and that the student has refused to leave on its own.
The police officer said that she brought Wang to the hotel lobby, at which point the student has agreed to collaborate, and walked to a cruiser.
The defendants deny that Wang suffered injuries as a result of the officer’s actions. Wang claims that she had injuries on her face, the top of the thigh, right breast, sternum and forearm.
“This is the police, you know? I mean, who are you supposed to go?”, said Wang.
Read more about the versions of the facts stated in the notice of civil claim and the defendants ‘ response Monday, in a coverage area.
With files from CTV News ‘ Melanie Nagy and CTV News Vancouver’s St. John Alexander and john Woodward