No charges after cop halted CPR on dying man
A police officer who “directed” a civilian to stop performing CPR on a dying man after a car accident will not face charges, according to the Criminal Justice Branch.
On Sept. 22, 2013 around 3 p.m. a man crashed his vehicle into a Langley building after having a medical emergency while behind the wheel. He remained hunched over in the driver’s seat breathing heavily.
A witness to the accident began administering CPR based on his own first aid training and instructions from a 911 operator.
Mounties arrived on the scene and an officer determined the man was still breathing, but ordered the civilian to stop CPR, which led to an argument, said the branch.
Firefighters arrived fewer than 90 seconds later and continued CPR despite the man not having a pulse, but he died more than an hour later in hospital, said the branch.
Samantha Hulme of the CJB said the Crown considered charging the officer with impeding an attempt to save a life, but decided against it.
“In order to get a conviction under that section we’d have to be able to establish the officer acted without reasonable cause,” said Hulme “On the evidence we could not do that.”
She said the officer had training in CPR, which directs people to stop the procedure until the casualty responds.
Hulme said once the Mountie saw the man was still breathing, he believed it was safe to stop CPR.
The branch made its decision based on the report from the Independent Investigations Office of BC, and other evidence.