British Columbia

Mountie convicted of assaulting handcuffed teen to be sentenced today in Terrace

RCMP Constable Bruce Lofroth was charged with assault after a video surfaced of a violent arrest of a teenager on a Terrace sidewalk. Today, a judge will decide the Mountie's sentence.

Video showed veteran RCMP constable striking handcuffed teen

A veteran RCMP officer is awaiting sentencing for punching a handcuffed teenager in the face during a violent arrest in Terrace in 2014. (Terrace Standard Newspaper )

A B.C. Mountie convicted of assaulting a teenager is scheduled to be sentenced today in Terrace.

RCMP Constable Bruce Lofroth was charged after video of a violent arrest surfaced in 2014. 

Video shows handcuffed teen hit in face 

The video appears to show two Mounties kneeling beside a teenager as he lies on the sidewalk outside a Terrace print shop  

One Mountie in black leather gloves appears to punch the youth's body and head. After the boy is handcuffed, the officer then appears to strike him in the face.

The youth then stands up and the officer pushes him toward an RCMP vehicle. 

The video was dropped off anonymously at the local Terrace Standard newspaper by an unidentified woman, months after the arrest.

That prompted an investigation by the RCMP and by B.C.'s civilian police watchdog, the Independent Investigations Office.

The RCMP said officers were responding to reports of a man and woman fighting.  The youth they arrested was under the age of 18. 

Veteran Terrace constable pleaded guilty

RCMP Constable Bruce Lofroth was charged with one count of assault and placed on administrative desk leave.

Lofroth pleaded guilty in August. 

He is scheduled to be sentenced today in Terrace.

Because Lofroth has worked as a Mountie in Terrace for more than a decade, he'll be sentenced by a provincial court judge brought in from out of town
 

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