BC RCMP charge suspect accused of beating pick-up residential school marchers – BC News

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RCMP in British Columbia say a suspect has been charged after several people participating in a school march were hit by a pickup truck last spring.

Police say on June 4, a large group of people walked along Lougheed Highway just east of downtown Mission in the March for Recognition for Residential Schools.

Mounties say as the group moved along the road, a driver hit several people along the way and two suffered minor injuries.

A 77-year-old man reported to the police two days later.

Mission RCMP say in a release Wednesday that Richard Manuel, who is 77, has been charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and will appear in Abbotsford Provincial Court on January 9, 2023.

Earlier this year, the Cheam First Nation criticized police for what some people have called a slow investigation and the RCMP’s original description of the suspect as an “impatient driver” who could not pass marchers on the highway.

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