Portage RCMP officers cleared following IIU probe

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The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) has concluded its investigation into an incident involving Portage la Prairie RCMP in which a suspect struggling with officers presented a knife and self-inflicted several injuries.

Following the investigation, no charges will be laid against any officer.

On July 8, 2019, the Portage RCMP detachment received a call about a man in a residence without permission and in breach of a court order. When RCMP arrived, a 37-year-old male ran from the house and refused police orders to stop. When officers caught the man and brought him to the ground, he presented a knife and cut his own neck.

Police gained control and transported the man to Health Sciences Centre where he was admitted with non-life-threatening injuries. The injuries and subsequent admission to hospital required that IIU investigate.

The man admitted to IIU investigators that he caused his own injuries; there was no evidence that any officer contributed to them.

The complete report on the IIU investigation is available online at iiumanitoba.ca. The details of this investigation were first announced on Sept. 16, 2019.