Above: Surrey RCMP detains a teenage girl in case of mistaken identity (Warning: strong language)
The Surrey RCMP says it’s investigating after apprehending a 16-year-old teenager in an apparent case of mistaken identity.
A video of the incident was captured and uploaded to Facebook.
Last week, Surrey RCMP were at the Newton bus loop after receiving reports of an individual wanted on a Mental Health Act warrant.
They found the teenager, who they describe in a release as matching the description of the person being sought, and in the video appear to be putting handcuffs on her.
The girl can be heard shouting expletives at the officers, while the person behind the camera argues with the police about recording the incident.
Mounties say now a formal public complaint has been launched and senior investigators have met with the family.
RCMP do admit it was upsetting for the girl and her family, but don’t issue an apology.
Possible legal action
Meanwhile, the girl’s family says it’s not ruling out legal action.
Too scared to use her real name, she spoke to Global News.
“He didn’t ask me for my identification or anything, it just went from telling me I’m crazy to just pinning me down… just the fact that I was treated that rough, it hurt me more than anything.”
For their part, mounties have admitted they were wrong – they were looking for someone wanted under the mental health act.
But now Pivot Legal Society lawyer Doug King says the family is considering legal avenues.
King says he’s been in constant contact with the family.
“They are looking at all their potential legal rights here and what they have to do.”
Sergeant Alanna Dunlop with Surrey RCMP says Mounties have not issued an apology while an investigation is underway.
But King says the teen and her family want that first, and they want it done publicly.
“First and foremost they are willing to engage with the RCMP about how and why this happened and they ultimately want some sort of apology.”
He went on to say that a public apology of that kind could go a long way.
“If police are willing to meaningfully engage and apologize it can certainly have an impact on whether or not to look at a lawsuit. It’s always on the table and something they are looking at.”
The teen’s family is also asking for the two officers’ involved to be taken off duty during the investigation.