Richmond Mountie charged with assault

A Richmond Mountie is facing an assault charge following an investigation by Surrey RCMP into an arrest he made last January.

RCMP Const. Inderpal (Paul) Bal conducted an arrest on Jan. 26, 2012.

Other officers who attended the scene brought some concerns to the attention of a supervisor and an internal investigation was launched. The suspect in that arrest was taken to hospital and later released.

Surrey RCMP were then brought in to conduct the investigation.

Bal has been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm and will make his first court appearance in Richmond provincial court on Aug. 9. He's also the subject of an internal code of conduct investigation.

Bal is still working, but is doing so under close supervision.

"Any time a police officer uses force, that force has to be justified," RCMP Supt. Rennie Nesset said. "Const. Bal will now have to account for his actions in criminal court and through the RCMP code of conduct process."

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