Target: Superintendent Sean Maloney, Coquitlam RCMP
Goal: Take disciplinary action against officers who allegedly dragged an elderly couple down a flight of stairs.
An elderly couple was reportedly dragged down a flight of stairs by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers. The officers were called to a hotel in Coquitlam, British Colombia, where an annual condo association meeting had apparently gotten out of hand. The officers arrived when the meeting had already concluded. When the elderly couple refused to leave the premises, the officers allegedly dragged the couple down a flight of stairs to remove them from the hotel.
A video taken by a concerned citizen at the hotel appears to show the officers treating the couple poorly from the beginning. When they refuse to leave the hotel, the officers pick them up and drag them through the hotel, down a flight of stairs. The man claims that his arm was twisted behind his back and he was kicked down the stairs. At the bottom of the stairs, he claims that the officer pushed his knee into his chest and handcuffed him. In the video, the couple’s alarmed grandchild is seen screaming and trying to help her grandparents.
The couple was seen by paramedics and taken to hospital after being taken into custody. The man had a bruise on his cheek while his wife had scratches and abrasions on her back.
A review of the officers’ actions is currently underway. According to Superintendent Sean Maloney, the officer in charge of the Coquitlam RCMP, he understands why the public may be concerned over the alleged mistreatment of these elderly citizens. Police should be there to protect the public, not cause unnecessary harm. Sign the petition below to ask that disciplinary action be taken against any officer found guilty of misconduct in this case.
Dear Mr. Maloney,
An elderly couple was reportedly dragged down a flight of stairs by RCMP officers when they refused to leave a hotel. When taken to the hospital, one had bruising on his face while the other had scratches and abrasions all over her back.
Police officers’ duty is to protect citizens, not cause unnecessary harm to them. We, the undersigned, ask that any officer found guilty of misconduct in this case is disciplined harshly.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Quino Dombrowski