A Vancouver Police Constable has been charged with assault after he allegedly struck a prisoner in a patrol wagon last year.
The police department said Constable Matthew McKinnon replaced a wagon driver on August 26, 2011, just before 8 a.m., because the first driver had been pricked by a needle that was concealed in the clothing of the prisoner she was searching.
McKinnon and his partner then approached the prisoner, say the VPD, to ask him whether he had any communicable diseases.
They say that McKinnon then entered the wagon and assaulted the prisoner using physical force.
The prisoner was taken to jail, where he was examined by a nurse, and required no medical treatment, say the VPD.
McKinnon has been reassigned to non-operational duties pending the outcome of his trial.
The Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner was immediately advised of the incident and has been overseeing the Police Act investigation that is being conducted by the VPD Professional Standards Section.
As this matter is now before the courts, there is no further information at this time.