Volunteers organized a rally outside of RCMP’s E Division in Surrey Saturday (July 11, 2020) in support of Mona Wang, who was dragged and stepped on by an officer after the RCMP was called to check on her wellbeing. (Photos: Lauren Collins)

PHOTOS: Surrey rally supports Mona Wang, calls for wellness check reform

Security camera footage shows Wang being dragged, stepped on during RCMP wellness check at UBCO

Signs calling for “JUSTICE FOR MONA WANG,” “WELLNESS CHECK REFORM” and “STOP POLICE BRUTALITY” covered the parking lot of RCMP’s E Division in Surrey Saturday (July 11).

The protest was in support of Mona Wang, a UBC Okanagan student, who was dragged and stepped on by an officer after the RCMP was called to check on her wellbeing.

It was organized by the Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association, the Asian Canadian Equity Alliance Association and other supports of “Justice for Mona Wang.”

According to a post about the rallies, the events throughout B.C. were in response to the “shocking, saddening and traumatizing video footage” of a Kelowna RCMP Constable Lacey Browning dragging UBCO student Mona Wang down a hall and pressing her head to the floor with a boot during a wellness check.

Steve Ding, one of the volunteers for the Surrey rally, said the organizers were “personally motivated” because “everybody know this (the situation and the video) is brutal.”

“We don’t think it’s acceptable, so we just want to speak up for her,” said Ding, adding that they hope there will be justice for Wang and the system, specifically wellness checks, can be improved.

“Basically, the people want to collaborate with the RCMP, the government and… the next time they have trouble, they call police, they are not worried about this happening again.”

During the rally, speakers read out an open letter from the organizers to Attorney General David Eby, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth and Premier John Horgan.

The letter states that “in order to prevent such blatant abuse of power by law enforcement in the future,” they are calling for the following:

• The RCMP “admit wrongdoing” and apologize to Wang and the public for Browning’s behaviour

• That Browning’s employment with the RCMP be terminated “immediately without pay” and that she “should be charged with assault to cause bodily harm and obstruction of justice for making false statements.”

• That an independent public review process be established for all cases of police misconduct

• That a task force of “diverse and well-informed” experts and stakeholders be established by provincial governments to “review, revise and implement practical and appropriate first response protocol” for wellness checks

READ ALSO: Nursing student sues Kelowna RCMP officer for alleged assault during wellness check, June 23, 2020

Wang launched a civil lawsuit in March alleging Browning had assaulted her in January and a video of the incident was recently made public.

The alleged assault was filmed by a surveillance video taken from inside the student’s apartment building and the plaintiff’s lawyer is using the video in an attempt to prove the officer used excessive force.

The claim alleges that Mona Wang was at her apartment on Jan. 20 when her boyfriend called police and asked them to provide a health check on Wang, claiming she was under mental distress.

According to court documents, Const. Lacy Browning attended Wang’s apartment and found the student lying on the floor in a state of semi-consciousness. The plaintiff claims she was not a danger to Browning and did not act in a manner that would cause the RCMP officer to fear for their own safety.

The court documents state Browning did not identify herself as an RCMP officer or provide any medical assistance to Wang.

It’s alleged Browning demanded Wang stand up and as she could not stand on her own, the officer then kicked the plaintiff in the stomach.

While addressing the surveillance video showing the incident on Thursday, July 2, BC RCMP Southeast District commander Brad Haugli apologized to Wang.

“I am sorry to Ms. Wang for what occurred. If that was my family member or friend I would want answers as well,” he said.

READ ALSO: Kelowna RCMP commander calls for more nurses during wellness checks after complaint, July 3, 2020

There were coinciding rallies planned at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Richmond’s Minoru Park and Kelowna’s Stuart Park.

– With files from Michael Rodriguez, Jen Zielinski



lauren.collins@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Lauren on Twitter

RCMPSurrey

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

It’s election day in B.C. (Black Press files)
It’s Election Day in B.C.: Here’s what you need to know to vote

B.C.’s snap election has already broken records for advance voter turnout, mail-in ballots

B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau outlines her party's climate action platform at Nanaimo's Vancouver Island Conference Centre earlier this month. (News Bulletin file photo)
Green leader Furstenau declared victor in her home riding on Vancouver Island

Cowichan Valley voters elect freshly minted party leader for her second term

John Horgan has been re-elected the MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca. (File-Black Press)
Horgan trounces challengers to be re-elected in his Vancouver Island riding

MLA has represented constituency of Langford-Juan de Fuca and its predecessors since 2005

Sven Spichiger, Washington State Department of Agriculture managing entomologist, displays a canister of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a nest in a tree behind him Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists in Washington state discovered the first nest earlier in the week of so-called murder hornets in the United States and worked to wipe it out Saturday morning to protect native honeybees. Workers with the state Agriculture Department spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to Asian giant hornets, which can deliver painful stings to people and spit venom but are the biggest threat to honeybees that farmers depend on to pollinate crops. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Crews vacuum ‘murder hornets’ out of Washington nest, first-ever in U.S.

The nest found in the city of Blaine near the Canadian border is about the size of a basketball

Upgrades underway at the Sunnyside Reservoir, adjacent to Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest, raised concerns among some residents Tuesday (Oct. 20), however, stewards of the park say everything went off without a hitch. (Tracy Holmes photo)
‘No issue’ with South Surrey reservoir drainage, despite trail user concerns: urban forest steward

Forest visitor taken aback by ‘unprecedented flooding’ of trails

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gives a daily briefing on COVID-19 cases at an almost empty B.C. Legislature press theatre in Victoria, B.C., on March 25, 2020. (Don Craig/B.C. government)
B.C. sees 223 new COVID-19 cases, now 2,009 active

Two new care home outbreaks in Surrey, Burnaby

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam responds to a question during a news conference Friday October 23, 2020 in Ottawa. Canada’s top physician says she fears the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths may increase in the coming weeks as the second wave continues to drive the death toll toward 10,000. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns severe illness likely to rise, trailing spike in COVID-19 cases

Average daily deaths from virus reached 23 over the past seven days, up from six deaths six weeks ago

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

BC Hydro map showing where power has been knocked out is dotted with over a dozen outages. (BC Hydro map screenshot)
Thousands without power in Lower Mainland on election day

One outage in Langley and Surrey is affecting over 4,000 customers

file
One dead after fiery crash near Agassiz

Agassiz RCMP report a 56-year-old man died Friday night

The possibility of the Canadian Premier League expanding to the Fraser Valley has been floated online. (Facebook photo)
Canadian Premier League possibly eyeing Fraser Valley expansion

Soccer league looking to add ninth team to the mix, B.C. markets potentially rumoured

Most Read