Five years ago Paul Boyd was shot and killed by Vancouver police during an altercation. The Police Complaint Commissioner’s report, which was released five years after the event, found that there was not sufficient evidence that the police used unnecessary force. However, new evidence that has just come to light tells a different story.
Andreas Bergen, who was visiting Vancouver with friends, shot a video of the altercation, which can be seen in full on the Vancouver Sun’s website. His video shows Boyd, who had already been shot, crawling slowly across the road. Although he does not appear to be capable of posing any harm to police in that moment, a Vancouver police officer shot again, killing Boyd. According to the CBC, there was “no visual record” of the event, until Bergen came forward.
Bergen and his friends were in their car, stuck several cars back from the scene of the altercation, when they shot the video. Initially, Bergen didn’t pass the video along to investigators because there were many witnesses that were closer than he was. He assumed that there would be sufficient evidence to develop an accurate record of what happened. However, when he later heard that the Police Complaint Commissioner’s report ruled there was insufficient evidence, Bergen passed along the video to authorities.
The B.C. Civil Liberties Association believes that this new evidence should lead to a re-opening of the case. To date, the Vancouver Police Department has turned down media requests to comment on the video and its significance.
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