Man says police ran over him on purpose with cruiser; IIU investigating
Kyle Malanchuk says he was hit by a police car after he took off running
A 25-year-old man says police hit and ran over him with a cruiser car on purpose on Wednesday, after he ran from officers.
The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba said it was notified by police about the incident and is investigating.
Kyle Malanchuk said he was walking in the area of Salter Street and Alfred Avenue at 1 p.m. when police attempted to stop him. In a telephone interview on Thursday, he said he took off running and one of the officers got out to chase him while the other followed in the cruiser.
His mother, Linda Malanchuk, said her son is in the hospital with a fractured pelvis.
"Kyle said, 'I heard him breathing hard behind me, he couldn't catch me,'" said the mother. "The next thing he knew, another officer in a car came and slammed into him … he went over the hood and the front went over him and back tire went over him."
She said her son told her he was handcuffed and put in the back of the cruiser and the officers took him to the hospital.
"No paramedics, not even an ambulance, what the police did was after they threw him in the back of the seat," she said. "He kept telling them that he was in severe pain and that he couldn't move the lower half of his body."
Police would not comment on the allegations because the investigation is now with the IIU.
In a media release, the IIU said "according to police, the man collided with the police vehicle when he darted into the roadway."
Malanchuk said her son is refusing surgery and she hopes he will change his mind.
She said it is common for him to run from police and that he has a lengthy criminal record. She said she wanted to speak out so his side of the story would be heard.
"He's well-known, so that is why they always stop him, he is not an angel," she said.
The 25-year-old is charged with a number of weapons-related offences and has a court date in November.
Police said charges are pending in relation to Malanchuk's Wednesday arrest.
Witnesses or other individuals who have information or video footage that could help the IIU's investigation are asked to call 1-844-667-6060.