No charges recommended against officers involved in Jacobus Jonker death

No charges will be laid against Smithers, B.C., RCMP officers involved in the death of Jacobus Jonker.

The rugby coach died a week after a Valentine's Day arrest in 2015, according to a statement from the provincial prosecution service.

But after a review of the actions of the officers, prosecutors found a lack of evidence of any crime or use of excessive force.

The report by the B.C. Prosecutor's Service was released Thursday after an investigation by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C., which reviews police actions in which people are killed or seriously injured by police offices. The IIO determines if officers have committed any offences then submits its report to Crown Counsel.

Jonker, 53, was arrested at his Smithers home after his daughter called 911 saying her father was "horribly drunk," suicidal and waving a knife at 10:34 p.m. PT on Feb. 14, 2015.


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