Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

A criminal investigation is underway after a Vancouver police officer was caught on camera while pushing a man to the ground in September 2020.

The disturbing video, filmed by Downtown Eastside volunteer peer worker Tyler Nielsen, was posted on social media in August.

“We are told that the police owe us a duty to be careful when interacting with members of the public,” said Meenakshi Mannoe, a criminalization and police campaigner at the Pivot Legal Society.

“Seeing a violent push event like the one that has been shown and investigated is really a lot of concern.”

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Video shows a Vancouver police officer pushing a man to the ground

The video shows Vancouver police officers questioning a woman as a man approaches police and an officer pushes him to the ground. Another officer then addresses the person recording the video and requests that he hand over the phone as evidence.

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The incident led to a review in which the Police Complaints Commissioner’s office considered allegations of improper use of force to be “unfounded”.

However, after the video was shared on social media, the commissioner’s office determined that it was in the public interest to launch a fuller investigation.

That office now confirms that “the Director of Police Services has initiated a special investigation under Section 44 under the Police Act and that the RCMP has been asked to complete this investigation.”

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Video shows VPD officer pushing man to the ground

Video shows VPD officer pushing man to the ground – August 3, 2021

The officer who pushed the man remains in active service with the Vancouver Police Department.

It raises eyebrows at the Pivot Legal Society, which works with communities affected by poverty and social exclusion to help develop solutions to human rights issues.

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“Not knowing where this officer is, not knowing if they are still in a community patrolling it, if they are still in contact with vulnerable members of the community is very worrying,” Mannoe said.

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Watchdog calls for further investigation, after video shows Vancouver police pushing man to the ground

VPD declined to comment on this story as the criminal investigation is underway.

Mannoe said the behavior of the other officers seen in the video should also be investigated as they did not report the video, despite knowing it was filmed.

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