Tara Carman (Vancouver Sun) – The former girlfriend of a Surrey RCMP officer has filed a lawsuit accusing him of trying to intimidate her into retracting a complaint – one that forms part of his permanent employment record.
Cathy Shin and Surrey RCMP Const. Jason Hong were involved in a romantic relationship that lasted several months at the beginning of 2010, according to a statement of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday.
A statement of claim outlines the case made by the person filing the lawsuit. None of its allegations have been proven in court.
After the relationship ended, Hong called and texted Shin at all hours of the day and night and used his access to police databases to search for information about Shin and her family, the statement of claim said.
This activity forms the basis of a complaint Shin filed with the RCMP in July 2010. That led to a disciplinary note being placed in Hong’s record for improper use of police resources.
After Shin filed the complaint, which included an allegation Hong coerced her into having intimate relations after the couple separated, Hong’s lawyers began writing to her demanding she recant her complaint or face a defamation lawsuit, the statement of claim alleges. Hong filed a defamation lawsuit against Shin in April 2011, but later withdrew it.
Shin’s current lawsuit alleges Hong filed the defamation lawsuit “for the collateral and improper purpose of getting (Shin) to lie to the RCMP and recant her story and thus sanitize his employment file with the RCMP.”
Shin seeks damages for abuse of process and intentional misrepresentation as well as punitive damages.