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British Columbia Mountie charged with assaulting officer after incident outside Pitt Meadows bar

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An RCMP spokeswoman who also oversaw domestic violence files has been charged with assault following an incident outside a bar in Pitt Meadows, B.C.

Sgt. Miriam Dickson is charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, one count of resisting arrest and one count of causing a disturbance. She is scheduled to appear in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court later this month.

The incident began around 2 a.m. on June 3 when an off-duty officer began arguing with a male patron outside a bar, according to an RCMP news release issued Wednesday. On-duty RCMP officers who happened to be patrolling nearby intervened, and the off-duty officer allegedly assaulted two of them.

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The off-duty officer was arrested and taken to cells.

"Whether on or off duty, police officers are subject to the same laws that apply to everyone," said Supt. Dave Walsh, Officer in Charge of the Ridge Meadows Detachment, in the news release.

Sgt. Dickson, who worked as a spokeswoman for the RCMP's Mission detachment as recently as late May, is now on administrative duties. An internal code of conduct investigation continues.

Insp. Richard Konarski, Officer in Charge of the Mission Detachment, said he is "obviously ... disappointed with this alleged behaviour."

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