CRCC Launches Complaint into the RCMP’s Arrest and Detention of Alberta Teen
Michelaine Lahaie, Chairperson of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for RCMP (CRCC), has initiated a complaint regarding the arrest and detention of sixteen-year-old Ryley Bauman in St. Albert, Alberta, on October 2, 2022, by RCMP members.
The investigation will:
- examine the RCMP's response to the call for service and if proper supervision and accommodations were provided to Ryley throughout the entire incident in light of his neurodiversity, as required under the Canadian Human Rights Act;
- examine if reasonable steps were taken to prevent Ryley from self-harming while in custody or when providing medical care;
- examine if training is provided to members on recognizing and interacting with neurodiverse people, including training on distinguishing intoxication by alcohol or drugs from disabilities and how to prevent or reduce self-harming behaviour in custody;
- examine if the RCMP has national and divisional policies, procedures and guidelines pertaining to interactions with people with neurodiversity;
- make findings and recommendations to address any deficiencies in the RCMP members' conduct.
The terms of reference are available on the CRCC's website.
About the CRCC
The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP (CRCC) is an agency of the federal government, distinct and independent from the RCMP. Our mission is to deliver a robust complaint process that holds the RCMP accountable for its activities and the conduct of its members. The CRCC's mandate is to receive complaints from the public about the conduct of RCMP members; conduct reviews when complainants are not satisfied with the RCMP's handling of their complaints; initiate complaints and investigations into RCMP conduct when it is in the public interest to do so; review specified activities; report findings and make recommendations; and promote public awareness of the complaint process.
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