Nursing student, Mona Wang has filed a lawsuit against Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Lacy Browning for alleged physical and emotional abuse. According to CBC, on January 20, 2020, Wang was suffering from mental distress and her boyfriend called the RCMP for a wellness check. Browning arrived at the UBC-Okanagan’s student apartment and the video shows only what happened outside the apartment.
According to the lawsuit, Browning found Wang in her apartment’s bathroom floor. The lawsuit said that Browning didn’t provide medical assistance and instead asked Browning to get up. However, Wang couldn’t according to the lawsuit. That’s when Browning stepped on Wang’s arm and kicked her in the stomach while shouting “stop being dramatic,” according to the lawsuit, reports Castanet. Wang was soon cuffed and dragged outside.
In the video, Browning can be seen lifting Wang’s head by pulling her hair and stepping on her head. Wang said she suffered from bruising, swelling, and cuts.
“As a direct, foreseeable and proximate result of Browning’s reckless and unlawful actions, the plaintiff has suffered emotional distress, humiliation, shame and embarrassment, psychological and emotional trauma,” the lawsuit said.
Cpl. Lacy Browning, on the other hand, denied she used excessive force. Browning said Wang had a history of suicide attempts and she found empty pill bottles and an empty wine bottle near Wang who was lying on the floor. Furthermore, she said she found Wang with a box-cutter in her hand and cuts on her chest and arm.
Browning said Wang was unresponsive at first but became combative. According to Browning, Wang started to yell that she wanted to be killed. That’s when Browning struck Wang with an open palm several times which helped Browning handcuff Wang.
“The limited use of force by the defendant Browning was no more than was reasonable and necessary in the circumstances to both direct compliance as well as protect the plaintiff from further harm,” the defendant’s legal response stated.
Browning detained Wang under the Mental Health Act. Wang was taken to Kelowna General Hospital after she was dragged out of her apartment.
RCMP spokesperson Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet told CBC they were reviewing the allegations.
UPDATE – 6-24-2020 – Wang posted about the incident on her Instagram(vampyrie) stories.