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New West cop under investigation following altercation

Abbotsford police have been called in to investigate a veteran New Westminster officer involved in an altercation with a 22-year-old woman while she was being arrested late Thursday evening.

Police said officers were sent to a disturbance at an apartment in the 1000 block of Fifth Avenue just before 11 p.m. Thursday. The officers dealt with the situation without arresting anybody. But just before midnight, police were called again and a woman was taken into custody. According to the NWPD, during the arrest an altercation took place between the woman and the arresting officers.

New Westminster police say no complaint has been filed, but Chief Const. Dave Jones re-assigned an unidentified veteran of 24 years on the force to administrative duties following an internal investigation. The provincial Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner was advised of the incident, and Jones requested Abbotsford take charge of the investigation.

Abbotsford Const. Ian MacDonald said Friday afternoon that although the department had just been handed the file he does know there were "acts asserted in both directions," and pointed out it was New Westminster police were the ones to go to the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner about the incident.

"This has happened in our jurisdiction before and despite what people like to say [about police covering up similar incidents], things like this are often brought to light by the police."

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