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RCMP officer 'falsely arrested, falsely imprisoned, assaulted and battered' elder with walker, judge rules

Irene Joseph awarded $55K in lawsuit over incident involving Mountie in Smithers, B.C., in 2014


The B.C. Supreme Court has awarded $55,000 in damages to an Indigenous elder the judge ruled was “falsely arrested, falsely imprisoned, assaulted, and battered” by an RCMP officer during an incident in northern B.C. in 2014.

Irene Joseph, then 61, was injured in a struggle with the officer, who suspected her of shoplifting. No stolen merchandise was found, and Joseph never faced charges.

Joseph sued RCMP Const. Darrin Meier and the Attorney General of Canada, in a case a judge has now ruled on, more than five years later.

On Dec. 6, 2014, Joseph, a Wet’suwet’en elder, was shopping at Mark’s Work Warehouse in Smithers, B.C.

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