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Smithers RCMP officers not charged in relation to 2015 arrest

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Two members of the Smithers RCMP have not been charged in relation to an arrest in August of 2015.

The Criminal Justice Branch concluded that there wasn’t enough evidence to lay charges and couldn’t prove that either of the officers committed a criminal offence or used excessive force.

After getting a call for a disturbance at a home, they arrested a suspect that reportedly became combative punching one officer and spitting at both of them.

The officers then restrained the individual using pepper spray, a taser and a baton that resulted in a lacerated kidney and spleen for the suspect.

He was treated non-surgically for the injuries.

The suspect was later sentenced to six months in jail on numerous charges including assault on two police officers.

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