The BC Civil Liberties Association is keen to weigh in on the province’s police watchdog, as public consultations open today.
Executive director Josh Paterson says his office plans to urge the Independent Investigations Office to investigate police-involved sexual assaults.
“It only has responsibility for injuries that result in death or serious bodily harm. If sexual assault does result in that kind of an injury or death, then it’s covered, but otherwise it’s not. And we’ve always said that that was something that was left out, that that was a mistake.”
Public consultations are open until September.
An all-party committee of MLAs will review the results.
The office opened in 2012, with its first case being of Greg Matters, a former solider shot to death by police in Prince George.
The IIO cleared the officers of wrongdoing in Matters’ death, but this week appointed a civilian monitor to review that finding.