'I couldn't breathe': Nanaimo woman left bruised, bloody after RCMP wellness check

VANCOUVER -- Caution: This story contains images some readers might find disturbing.

A Nanaimo woman who has experience as a first responder says Mounties mishandled a wellness check on her in May, when she was allegedly punched in the face and placed in a spit hood that made it difficult to breathe.

Video from her home security system shows officers carrying her out of her home to a police car, and pictures show her face bloody and bruised as five Nanaimo RCMP officers detained her — something that Shanna Blanchard says never should have happened.

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