“I had to stuff my nose with tissue because of the smell of blood”: a rally in British Columbia calls for changes to welfare controls

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VANCOUVER – Supporters of Mona Wang, the University of British Columbia nursing student who was allegedly dragged and trampled by an RCMP officer during a wellness check, spoke out on Saturday of a rally in Vancouver. Among them, Wang’s roommate, Shayla Raine.

Raine explained that she was not at home on the night of January when the security video captured Corporal Cpl. Lacy Browning runs the now controversial wellness test in her apartment.

“When I came back and opened the suite, it looked like a crime scene,” she said. “I had to stuff my nose with tissues because of the smell of blood.”

A disturbing video of the incident appeared in June, prompting the head of the British Columbia RCMP Southeast Division to apologize to Mona Wang.

“When I saw the video for the first time, I was deeply concerned. And I’m very sorry for Ms. Wang for what happened, “said Chief Superintendent Brad Haugli on July 2.

Mona Wang launched a lawsuit claiming that she was assaulted and ill-treated by Browning who was sent to Wang’s residence to verify her well-being.

A surveillance video shows a handcuffed Wang, wearing only a bra and leggings, dragged face down by her wrists and arms in the hallway and in the building hall by the officer.

No video has appeared to show what happened in the apartment, but Raine believes that much of the alleged assault occurred out of sight of the cameras.

“Mona could not have had broken blood vessels in her eyes or bruises on all legs and abdomen by being dragged on the mat or by walking her head or hair,” said Raine.

“There was certainly more that happened inside the apartment and it was obvious from the crime scene that I needed to clean up. ”

At the Vancouver rally, nearly 100 people also gathered to support Wang’s plea for ending well-being checks in the absence of mental health professionals.

None of the allegations against Browning have been proven in court. The RCMP has announced a review of the code of conduct and a criminal investigation is underway.

“The RCMP will also request an outside police service to independently review the findings of our criminal investigation when it is completed,” said Staff Sergeant. Janelle Shoihet of the British Columbia RCMP has previously told CTV News Vancouver.

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