Reporting by Larissa Burnouf, APTN National News
In 2012, Ethel Pelly was arrested and charged with a drug offence. She was taken to a holding cell in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Pelly said that's where her "horrifying" treatment by the RCMP began. It started with Pelly being stripped of her underwear.
"My pants were soaked in blood, the sink was full of blood, the toilet was full of blood," she said. "The stench in there was terrible. I couldn't flush the toilet and I told them and they wouldn't help me. Nobody would help me."
When Campbell contacted the RCMP, he was sent a letter of apology explaining that detainees are stripped of underwear to prevent them from self-harm and from damaging cells.
The letter went on to explain that the water was turned off so she couldn't destroy any evidence that may have been on or in her body.
The RCMP acknowledged miscommunication on their behalf, which left Pelly without water for a total of 14 hours, agreeing that was unacceptable. It concluded with an apology:
On behalf of the investigator's involved, please pass on to Miss Pelly our sincere apology for having the water turned off to her cell for that extended period of time.
"That apology letter is not good enough, not in the least. It is not good enough at all," said Pelly. "I would like actually like to see [the officer's] resignation because he knew… he gave the orders to lock me in there. And he left me in there for that long"
Pelly did not receive the officer's resignation but she did receive an out-of-court, undisclosed settlement from the RCMP for her treatment.
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