‘Justice for Mona Wang’: Settlement reached in lawsuit over B.C. RCMP wellness verify

2021-06-05 03:49:29

A civil lawsuit in opposition to the RCMP has been settled, in line with the B.C. college pupil who made nationwide headlines final yr following a wellness verify.

Surveillance video of the incident, which went viral, confirmed a handcuffed Mona Wang being dragged, face-down, on a carpeted hallway by a Kelowna RCMP officer earlier than having her head stepped on.

The wellness verify occurred in January 2020. Nevertheless, the video wasn’t launched till six months later, when Wang, a nursing pupil at UBC Okanagan, initiated the lawsuit.

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The lawsuit was filed in opposition to Const. Lacey Browning, Canada’s lawyer normal and B.C.’s minister of public security and solicitor normal, who’s liable for the actions of the RCMP.

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In an announcement to World Information, Mona Wang mentioned, “the settlement was a compromise, which suggests nobody received precisely what they needed.”

She continued, saying “I settled to maneuver on with my life. Regardless of this, I count on the justice system to do what is correct by taking steps to make sure that Lacey Browning is just not allowed to proceed appearing as an RCMP member. She is a shame to the RCMP with a historical past of assaulting weak folks, and he or she is not going to cease.”


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The assertion additionally mentioned, “many people who’ve skilled assault by the RCMP are struggling in silence — not solely from the trauma, but additionally the dearth of entry to justice. My case was settled as a result of a lawyer stopped for 5 minutes to hearken to my grievance and believed me.

“I’m grateful that there are attorneys on the market that can pay attention, and I’ll watch and see if I’ll get full justice by Lacey Browning being convicted for the inhumane assault that I suffered.”

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The assertion concluded “if there may be something to remove from my story, it’s to deal with one another with kindness and attain out for assist in the event you want it. You aren’t alone, and also you deserve happiness.”


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Shortly after the lawsuit was introduced, the RCMP initiated an inner Code of Conduct and prison investigation. Browning was positioned on administrative responsibility.

In accordance with the civil declare, on Jan. 20, Wang was at house in psychological misery, so her boyfriend referred to as 911 and requested for a well being verify.

The lawsuit mentioned Browning responded to the decision and located Wang mendacity on the lavatory flooring in a state of semi-consciousness.

Additionally in line with the civil swimsuit, Browning didn’t introduce herself as an RCMP officer or make any try and assess if Wang wanted any medical help.

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The lawsuit claims that the RCMP officer instructed Wang to face up, however she couldn’t, and so didn’t reply.

“Browning proceeded to assault the plaintiff by stepping on the plaintiff’s arm,” the lawsuit alleges. “Browning kicked the plaintiff within the abdomen whereas the plaintiff was mendacity on the lavatory flooring semi-conscious.”

The civil swimsuit additionally claims that Browning instructed Wang to “cease being dramatic” and referred to as her a “silly fool.”

World Information reached out to the B.C. RCMP for remark.

In response, the RCMP confirmed {that a} settlement has been reached, however mentioned no assertion shall be forthcoming, including particulars of the settlement are coated beneath a confidentiality clause.


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In associated information, two extra lawsuits have been filed in opposition to Browning. One incident occurred in 2016, whereas the opposite occurred in 2019. Each of these circumstances are nonetheless earlier than the courts.




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