KAMLOOPS, , B.C. — A civil lawsuit has been filed in B.C. Supreme Court over the death of a man in Whistler, B.C., alleging four RCMP officers used excessive force when they tried to take him into custody.
Jason Koehler's family alleges in the lawsuit that Koehler died shortly after being jolted with a Taser, pepper sprayed and beaten with police batons on March 8.
The statement of claim filed June 11 says police were called to a restaurant in Whistler for a report of a disturbance and when police encountered Koehler, they made limited efforts to de-escalate the situation.
The attorney general of Canada, B.C.'s solicitor general and four unnamed officers are named in the lawsuit. No statements of defence have been filed in the case.
The allegations in the lawsuit have not been proven in court and neither the attorney general nor the solicitor general were immediately available for comment.
An RCMP spokesman said the force had no comment because the matter was before the courts.