B.C. PO­LICE WATCH­DOG RELEASES LIST OF IN­JURIES SUS­TAINED BY MYLES GRAY

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B.C.’s in­de­pen­dent po­lice watch­dog has re­leased a shock­ing list of in­juries suf­fered by Myles Gray in a fa­tal al­ter­ca­tion with eight Van­cou­ver po­lice of­fi­cers two years ago, in­clud­ing a frac­tured voice box and ster­num.

The In­de­pen­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tions Of­fice of B.C. filed a pe­ti­tion in B.C. Supreme Court this week, ask­ing that an of­fi­cer who wit­nessed the event sit for a sec­ond in­ter­view. Gray’s cause of death has not been re­leased, how­ever the IIO in­cluded the man’s in­juries suf­fered in the en­counter with po­lice.

The in­juries in­clude a frac­tured voice box, nasal frac­ture, dis­lo­cated jaw, a frac­tured right or­bital eye socket, a frac­tured rib, frac­tured ster­num, hem­or­rhagic in­jury to one tes­ti­cle, and multi-fo­cal bruis­ing to thigh and right arm.

The pe­ti­tion al­leges Const. Harder Sa­hota, one of the eight of­fi­cers in­volved, has re­fused re­quests from the IIO for an­other in­ter­view.

Martin Youssef, a spokesman with IIOBC, said Wed­nes­day that the main is­sue for the IIO is whether a wit­ness of­fi­cer is en­ti­tled to place con­di­tions on “their duty to co­op­er­ate with an IIO in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

“It’s in the pub­lic in­ter­est for the IIO to con­duct a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion and to de­ter­mine all the rel­e­vant facts, and only af­ter re­ceiv­ing that can we reach con­clu­sions,” he said. “Ob­vi­ously, we’ve tried a num­ber of dif­fer­ent steps lead­ing up to this, and this is a last re­sort for us.”

Gray died on the af­ter­noon of Aug. 13, 2015, in the back­yard of a house on Jof­fre Av­enue, just east of Bound­ary Road, in Burn­aby.

He had been pur­sued there from the 3600-block South East Marine Drive in Van­cou­ver by as many as six Van­cou­ver po­lice of­fi­cers, fol­low­ing a com­plaint of a “dis­traught man caus­ing a dis­tur­bance,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Van­cou­ver Po­lice Depart­ment. Ini­tial at­tempts to ar­rest him re­sulted in Gray be­com­ing “ag­i­tated.” More of­fi­cers were called in, pep­per spray was used and, even­tu­ally, a “phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion” broke out.

New de­tails from the pe­ti­tion al­lege po­lice re­ceived re­ports of Gray ha­rass­ing a wo­man by spray­ing a gar­den hose at her on South East Marine Drive. It also claims the caller re­ported that the man was “ap­par­ently high on drugs and al­co­hol.”

The pe­ti­tion states that Sa­hota re­ported an “ag­gres­sive con­fronta­tion between the wo­man and Gray” and re­quested backup. When more of­fi­cers ar­rived at the Jof­fre Av­enue res­i­dence, an al­ter­ca­tion in­volv­ing eight of­fi­cers and Gray re­sulted in Gray’s death and some in­juries to of­fi­cers.

Youssef noted that this is the sec­ond case where the IIO has had to pe­ti­tion the court to seek co-op­er­a­tion from an of­fi­cer dur­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

JA­SON PAYNE/POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

Margie and Mark Gray hold a pic­ture Thurs­day, March 10, 2016 of their son Myles Gray, who was killed by VPD last Au­gust un­der sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances. The Gray’s are look­ing for an­swers.

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