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New Video Evidence in Vancouver Police Shooting of Paul Boyd

New Video Evidence in Vancouver Police Shooting of Paul Boyd

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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10:53PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

crazy cop. He shoots the dude for getting out of the car? crazy cop.

2:32PM PDT on May 30, 2012

Society puts police on the ground to fight crime....the crimes that are created by the 1%.
Putting people in hard places and then telling them to tough up is helping cause issues.
A lot of things written about in here, the 1% do not have to deal with....because their world is secured to the max.
Police is the forces used to 'control' the masses........and we all are the 'masses'.

2:27PM PDT on May 30, 2012

Society puts police on the ground to fight crime....the crimes that are created by the 1%.
Putting people in hard places and then telling them to tough up is helping cause issues.
A lot of things written about in here, the 1% do not have to deal with....because their world is secured to the max.
Police is the forces used to 'control' the masses........and we all are the 'masses'.

1:41PM PDT on May 30, 2012

This was NOT self-defense on the officers part, it is an execution pure and simple. This "police officer" who shot him(last time) is a coward and a criminal. If this guy was still such a danger, why is there one officer circling him close enough to touch him? They were obvious about not being in any danger, it was a show of force to the bystanders watching. Maybe while Harper is building all these new prisons, he should reserve some for rogue cops like these.

11:36AM PDT on May 30, 2012

Any bets that even with this evidence, showing what is clearly a MURDER, that the cop who did it will NEVER see the inside of a jail cell?

The cops DO get away with murder here. Because the law is NOT applied to them near as equally as it would be to any civilian.

Then again, politicians & rich people here, don't face justice either... Only the poor do.

10:46AM PDT on May 30, 2012

For the record, Karen and Ed O., The guy was 39, hardly a kid. He was off his meds and ranting. The cops had to do something!
I thought that's what tasers were for. To bring someone down without maiming him/her. So, okay the cops shoot him and he's down. Good enough to rush in and grab him. There were enough cops there. But no, the video clearly shows the cops backing away from him like they were afraid of him - an injured man down on all fours is a threat to five or six cops. Are these the same cops who tasered Robert Dziekanki a few years back? Did they switch to city from national cops?

Chipperfield should face criminal charges. And be immediately removed from the force. He is a danger to society. He clearly did not need to shoot Boyd again. They could have subdued him, easily. He was down for pity's sake!! Ya coulda jumped the guy!
CHICKEN SH*TS

9:58AM PDT on May 30, 2012

OMG. That cop shot that kid just like a hunter would shoot a deer he had wounded. And he has been running loose for five years? He is a disgrace to his uniform.

9:56AM PDT on May 30, 2012

Wow, unbelieveable!

9:06AM PDT on May 30, 2012

Another example of too much power in the wrong hands! God bless Bergen for coming forward. I'd love updates on this story!

7:06AM PDT on May 30, 2012

I hope this breaks down the "Blue Wall".

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