The provincial police watchdog has cleared Vancouver police of any wrongdoing in relation to the arrest of a man in Downtown Vancouver.
On July 25, 2019, Vancouver Police Department VPD had arrested a man who was waving a weapon and uttering threats on Victoria Drive in Vancouver.
VPD told the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. that officers involved had used less than lethal force in arresting the male.
Following this interaction, Emergency Health Services took the man to hospital, where his injuries didn’t seem to meet the mandate of the IIO.
The next day, however, the man’s health deteriorated in hospital. The IIO gathered civilian statements, video evidence and medical records. On receipt and review of the male’s medical report, the IIO sought the assistance of a medical expert.
The doctor stated that a head injury sustained was mild and would not need further medical intervention. It is likely the male deteriorated due to previous medical conditions.
The Chief Civilian Director determined that the injuries suffered by the male did not meet the definition of serious harm as defined in the Police Act.
As a result, the investigation is being concluded at this point, IIO said.