BC RCMP investigation results in two police officers being charged in 2019 incident
2021-03-12 12:40 PST
This morning, the BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced charges in an incident which occurred in Richmond in 2019. (Link to BCPS release)
On October 19, 2019 officers from the Surrey RCMP Auto Crime Target Team (ACTT) located a man allegedly driving a stolen vehicle in Surrey. The vehicle was ultimately stopped and the driver arrested in Richmond, with assistance from a Richmond RCMP officer. During the course of taking the man into custody the officers allegedly assaulted him.
Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the senior officers in charge of both the Surrey and Richmond RCMP detachments initiated Code of Conduct investigations and criminal investigations against the officers involved.
In 2020, the results of the criminal investigation were submitted to the BC Prosecution Service for charge assessment. BCPS has announced Cst. John Tsonos of the Surrey RCMP and Cst. Matthew McGuire of the Richmond RCMP have been charged with one count each of assault. Both are expected to appear in court in April.
The RCMP can also confirm that Cst. Tsonos remains suspended with pay and Cst. Mcguire is on administrative duties. Duty status for both police officers is continually assessed and the internal Code of Conduct investigations remain active and on-going.
S/Sgt. Janelle ShoihetSenior Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
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