“I was screaming for help, I was so confused,” said Mona Wang, who was distressed at the time.
Trigger Warning: This story contains details of police brutality that readers may find disturbing.
A video that was released recently shows an RCMP officer dragging a woman in handcuffs in the most inhumane way possible. The woman is face down on the floor, and the cop can be seen stepping on her head, even pulling her by her hair during a wellness call. The surveillance camera footage is from an incident that took place in January. It was released in a related lawsuit filed against the RCMP. The video was first posted online by Castanet on Monday, reports VICE. In the video, Cpl. Lacy Browning of Kelowna RCMP can be seen dragging Mona Wang, a University of B.C. Okanagan nursing student, out of her apartment.
Wang, with her hands handcuffed behind her, was dragged through the hallway of her apartment till the lobby where officer Browning waited with Wang handcuffed at her feet. After a few moments, Wang lifted her head up a bit, only to have it pushed back into the floor by Browning's foot. A bit later, Browning lifted Wang up by her hair and said something to her. “The actions of Browning and the RCMP were reckless, arrogant, high-handed, abusive, and showed a callous disregard for the plaintiff’s rights,” reads the lawsuit. The lawsuit claims Wang's boyfriend called the cops for a mental health check as she was showing signs of distress.
Wang was reportedly semiconscious on the bathroom floor when Browning arrived, according to the lawsuit. Wang alleges Browning did not announce her presence as a police officer, and when Wang couldn’t get up, the officer stepped on her arm, kicked her in the stomach, called her a “stupid idiot,” and told her to “stop being dramatic.” The lawsuit claims that Browning also punched Wang several times and left her with “bruises to the face, broken blood vessels to the left eye, swollen right eye, and bruising to the right temple.” Apparently, Wang was taken to a hospital nearby where Browning told them she was full of methamphetamine.
However, a toxicology report showed Wang had no drugs in her system. Meanwhile, the RMPC issued a completely different version of the incident. It says Browning was attacked by Wang's dog, and she found the student harming herself in the bathroom and “behaving in a bizarre and erratic manner.” It claims that Wang became uncontrollably violent and Browning was forced to strike her “several times with an open palm." After being handcuffed, Wang wouldn't get up, so Browning had no choice but to move her, aka drag her through the hallways. The RCMP claim that all actions conducted by Browning were “reasonable, lawful, and executed in good faith.”
“I was screaming for help, I was so confused,” said Wang, adding that she was in a semi-conscious state at the time. “In that moment when you’re already so vulnerable, and you need some medical attention, you hear them telling you you’re under arrest," reports CTV News. Wang says she was "under mental distress" on the day cops turned up at her home for a wellness check. “When she was dragging me, essentially it was scraping off a layer of my skin and I still have a scar on my nose and my chest,” said Wang. “She was punching me and dragging me down the hall, pulling on my hair,” recounted Wang as she choked back tears.
“I just said if you’re going to do these things to me you might as well kill me because this is too much. And so she took that one section and completely twisted it to fit her perspective.” Wang, who works at a care center in Vancouver, added, “We deal with combative patients every day, people who are verbally abusive, who are physically abusive, and yet you never see us with boots on their heads.” Wang claims she suffered several injuries as a result of the torture she was subjected to, though the defendants denied it. Wang claims she had injuries to her face, upper thigh, right breast, sternum, and forearms. “It’s the police, you know? I mean, who are you supposed to go to?” said Wang.