IOC in­ves­ti­gat­ing man in­jured by Van­cou­ver po­lice

The Prince George Citizen - - FRONT PAGE - Ge­or­don OMAND

VAN­COU­VER — Bri­tish Columbia’s po­lice watch­dog is shed­ding light on the se­vere in­juries suf­fered by a man dur­ing a deadly en­counter with Van­cou­ver po­lice in a court doc­u­ment seek­ing an or­der for an of­fi­cer to be in­ter­viewed as a wit­ness.

The in­juries are out­lined in a pe­ti­tion filed Wed­nes­day by the In­de­pen­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tions Of­fice ask­ing the B.C. Supreme Court to com­pel the of­fi­cer to co-op­er­ate with its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death of Myles Gray.

The pe­ti­tion lists the find­ings of an au­topsy de­scrib­ing Gray’s in­juries, which in­clude a frac­tured voice box, dis­lo­cated jaw, dam­aged tes­ti­cle, bro­ken eye socket and frac­tured ster­num. It says the cause of Gray’s death has not been de­ter­mined.

It says Gray died Aug. 13, 2015, af­ter eight po­lice of­fi­cers re­sponded to re­ports of a dis­traught man who was de­scribed by a caller as “ap­par­ently high on drugs and al­co­hol” and spray­ing a woman with a hose. The in­ves­ti­ga­tions of­fice al­leges in its pe­ti­tion that Const. Hardeep Sa­hota of the Van­cou­ver po­lice has re­fused to grant in­ves­ti­ga­tors a sec­ond in­ter­view.

“As there were no civil­ian or in­de­pen­dent wit­nesses to the in­ci­dent, and given her pres­ence dur­ing most of the in­ci­dent, the in­ter­view is es­sen­tial to the progress of the... in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” the doc­u­ment says.

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