B.C. police must cooperate with investigators after officer-involved shootings: judge

The appeal was sought by Vancouver police

Police officers cannot refuse to be interviewed during investigations of possible officer-involved serious injury or death, the B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled.

In an unanimous decision on Monday, the top court ruled the duty of a police officer to cooperate with the Independent Investigations Office is “mandatory, not qualified.” The IIO investigates all police-related injuries in B.C. where someone suffers serious harm or death.

The appeal stems from an incident in Vancouver on Nov. 10, 2016, when police shot and killed a man at the scene of a robbery.

The Vancouver Police Department asked the IIO for a pre-interview disclosure, which the watchdog denied.

The officers declined to be interviewed, prompting the IIO to successfully ask the B.C. Supreme Court to force the officers to do so. No charges came as a result of the watchdog’s investigation.

In his decision, Justice David Harris wrote that police have a “duty to cooperate fully” with the IIO.

“Nothing in the wording of the statute supports the inference that police officers can withhold their cooperation with the investigation, if they disagree with the terms on which it is being conducted,” he noted.

ALSO READ: No charges against Nanaimo cop after man’s arm broken by police dog bite

ALSO READ: Woman dies after barricading herself in burning suite in Victoria


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Historical moment

On The Waterfront

Chemainus youth helps deliver important messages loud and clear

Loss of part of his foot in a lawn mower accident doesn’t hold spunky kid back

Pandemic needs to be taken more seriously

Having people from the U.S. or Alberta travelling around B.C. is a health risk

Keeping them in line

Popular thrift shop reopens to the return of customers’ quest for great bargains

New RCMP building process wrong in so many ways

Community suggestions that should have been considered

B.C. Ferries increasing passenger capacity after COVID-19 restrictions

Transport Canada 50-per-cent limit being phased out, no current plans to provide masks

Shellfish industry get funds to clean up at Island sites and beyond

Businesses can apply to cover half of costs to clean up so-called ‘ghost gear’

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

NHL’s Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

Games are slated to start Aug. 1 with six Canadian teams qualifying for the 24-team resumption of play

Most Read