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IIO not ruling out charges against VPD officers in 2017 incident

Last Updated Feb 19, 2019 at 1:25 pm PDT

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B.C.'s police watchdog is not clearing VPD officers of any wrongdoing following a 2017 incident

The IIO has finished its report and is sending it to the B.C. Prosecution Service for consideration of charges

SURREY (NEWS 1130) –┬áThe province’s police watchdog isn’t ruling out charges against Vancouver police officers after a cyclist was seriously hurt nearly two years ago at Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain Station.

The incident took place on May 24, 2017 when officers tried to stop a man for riding a bike with no helmet, lights or reflectors. According to police the man tried to get away, he was then arrested and was seriously hurt.

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO), has completed its investigation into the case and has forwarded the report to the B.C. Prosecution Service for consideration of charges.

“In approving charges, B.C. Prosecution Service must be satisfied there is a substantial likelihood of conviction based on the evidence gathered by the IIO and that the prosecution is in the public interest,” read a release from the IIO.

The IIO says it will not be making any additional comments as the matter is now with the Crown.