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Two Victoria cops reprimanded for tying teen girl in jail cell

A retired B.C. judge has ruled two Victoria police officers abused their authority when they left a teenaged girl tethered in a jail cell for several hours five years ago.

Allan Filmer, who headed a public hearing into the incident, has ordered written reprimands be given to constables Ryan O'Neil and Brian Asmussen.

Fifteen-year-old Willow Kinloch was arrested in 2005 for being drunk in public and placed in a cell, where police claimed she became verbally abusive and combative.

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Video from her cell shows her being wrestled to the floor by two officers, tied up and then tethered for four hours to the door of the padded cell.

Ms. Kinloch was awarded $60,000 after a civil trial, although Victoria police and the City of Victoria appealed, eventually leading to an out-of-court settlement.

The public hearing was ordered by the Office of the B.C. Police Complaint Commissioner after a Victoria Police Department investigation and separate review found the allegations against the two officers were unsubstantiated.

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