RCMP apologize to student dragged, stepped on during wellness check

Henrietta Strickland
July 4, 2020

"When I first saw the video I was deeply concerned and I am very sorry to Miss Wang for what occurred", said Haugli.

The Jan. 20 incident was caught on apartment surveillance video and showed Cpl.

The "Justice for Mona Wang" petition is calling for protesters to meet in front of Calgary City Hall at 2 p.m., local time, "to show support for Mona as well as fight for change in wellness checks".

"High public confidence is what we strive for, and when we become aware of concerning behaviour, we needed to assure the public we are taking the necessary steps to gather all the facts using legislative process to make a determination of what occured and to hold our members accountable".

Haugli said when the video was shared with senior management at the Kelowna detachment a code of conduct investigation was started and it will be sent to an external police agency for review.

Mona Wang is pictured in Burnaby, British Columbia on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

In court documents, Wang alleges the officer used excessive force during the check, at one point punching Wang and leaving her with bruises on her face, while shouting at her "to stop being so dramatic".

"We need to review the circumstances as an organization from a policy and training perspective", he said.

At the same time, "mental health related calls for service from police in the southeast district are increasing - especially during the COVID-19 pandemic", he said.

As such, Haugli said his goal is to "expand this [PACT] program in its existing locations, and introduce it to as many communities as possible".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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