Broken wrist sustained during arrest being investigated

Manitoba’s police watchdog agency is investigating an incident in which a 16-year-old female sustained a dislocated elbow and a fractured wrist while being arrested.

The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU), which has jurisdiction over incidents involving on- and off-duty police officers in the province, was notified of the incident by Thompson RCMP on Oct. 16, eight days after it occurred.

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The woman was arrested when RCMP were called to a possible domestic disturbance Oct. 8. They say the 16-year-old became uncooperative when they tried to take her into custody and force was used to arrest her. She was taken to the detachment and later released but attended Thompson General Hospital Oct. 12 complaining of a sore arm and was diagnosed with a dislocated right elbow and a fractured right wrist.

A fracture is considered a serious incident under IIU regulations. The agency asks anyone with information or video footage that may assist the investigation to contact them at 1-844-667-6060.

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