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Charges approved against two RCMP officers in connection with 2016 arrest

The BC Prosecution Service has approved charges against three Prince George RCMP officers in connection with their involvement in the arrest of two men on February 18, 2016, in a residential neighbourhood.

The case was investigated by the Independent Investigations Office (IIO), which subsequently submitted a report to Crown Counsel in June 2018. The charge assessment process in this case was significantly delayed due to the complexity of the issues, the volume of initial disclosure, prosecution service’s requests for further information, and subsequent receipt of additional disclosure, according to a statement from the service.

Const. Joshua Grafton has been charged with assault, assault with a weapon, and obstruction of justice. Const. Wayne Connell and Const. Kyle Sharpe have been charged with assault causing bodily harm. First appearance is set for August 12 in Prince George Provincial Court.

The arrest of Nathaniel Lazarus Basil and Cuyler Richard Aubichon was caught on video.

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