VICTORIA — The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner in British Columbia has called a public hearing into allegations of misconduct by two Vancouver officers who were accused of using excessive force and improperly entering a home.
Deputy police complaint commissioner Andrea Spindler says the injuries Vladamir Tchaikoun suffered in March 2016 were serious. and occurred in his private residence after what was determined by a retired judge to be an unlawful entry by police.
“The injuries occurred in his private residence after what was determined by retired Judge Neal to be an unlawful entry by police. The Commissioner determined that a full public accounting of this matter under oath was necessary to both seek the truth and maintain public confidence in the Vancouver Police Department.”
She says the allegations against Const. Eric Ludeman and Const. Neil Logan were investigated by the Victoria Police Department, which cleared them of misconduct but the commissioner disagreed with the finding and ordered a disciplinary hearing.
Retired judge Brian Neal also cleared the officers of misconduct despite finding they entered the home unlawfully.
Spindler says complainants don’t have the opportunity to present oral evidence at disciplinary hearings so the commissioner has granted a request by Tchaikoun for a public hearing because the matter was determined to be in the public interest.
A retired provincial court judge has been appointed to preside at the yet-to-be scheduled hearing.