IIO Files Report to Crown Counsel for Consideration of Charges (2017-051)Case: 2017-051 Incident Date: May 24, 2017 Agency: Municipal Location: Vancouver Detachment: Vancouver Police Department Incident Classification: Serious Harm Case Status: Closed - Charges Approved by Crown Counsel
Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Posting
Surrey – The Independent Investigation Office of B.C. has filed a report to the B.C. Prosecution Service for their consideration of charges.
IIO 2017-051 This investigation relates to an incident where a male suffered serious harm following an interaction with Vancouver Police officers on May 24, 2017 at Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain Station.
At 10:08 p.m., officers attempted to stop a male for riding a bike with no helmet, lights or suitable reflectors. Police reported that the male fled and was subsequently arrested by VPD officers, sustaining serious injuries.
In this case, the Chief Civilian Director of the IIO has completed his review of the investigative file and, pursuant to Section 38.11 of The Police Act, has forwarded a report to B.C. Prosecution Service for consideration of charges.
In approving charges, B.C. Prosecution Service must be satisfied there is a substantial likelihood of conviction based on the evidence gathered by the IIO and that the prosecution is in the public interest.
As the matter is currently with the Crown, the IIO will not be making any additional comment about the facts of the case at this time.
The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.