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Chilliwack RCMP will not face charges in connection with Taser death

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The Independent Investigations Office ruled “the use of physical restraint and the CEW by police was reasonable.”

A Chilliwack man who was Tasered during a struggle with RCMP officers last February died from “methamphetamine toxicity,” according to a report by the  Independent Investigations Office. Independent Investigations Offic / PNG

A Chilliwack man who was Tasered during a struggle with RCMP officers last February died from “methamphetamine toxicity” and not from injuries sustained during his encounter with police, the Independent Investigations Office said in a report released Tuesday.

On Feb. 24, 2018, Upper Fraser Valley RCMP were called to a location near Vedder and Well roads in Chilliwack after a report of a parental kidnapping.

David Meadows, 43, was having a supervised visit with his four-year-old daughter when police say tried to leave the area on foot with the child.

After Meadows struggled with arresting officers, he was hit with a jolt from the conducted energy weapon (CEW).

Meadows was in handcuffs when he suffered what RCMP termed a “medical emergency.” Police and later paramedics performed CPR, but Meadows didn’t survive.

A pathologist ruled the cause of death to be best considered methamphetamine toxicity, although the physical struggle and CEW shock may have helped “precipitate a lethal event such as a dysrhythmia.”

The IIO, which investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, will not be forwarded the file to the B.C. Prosecution Service for consideration of charges

In his report, Ronald J. MacDonald, the IIO’s chief civilian director, said “the use of physical restraint and the CEW by police was reasonable” and there was “no evidence to suggest that any of the officers used excessive of dis-proportionate force” while detaining Meadows

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