Didn't see anything posted on here about this. Thought you lot would have been all over it
Three off-duty cops probed in alleged beating, robbery of delivery man
By Jack Keating and Andy Ivens, The ProvinceJanuary 21, 2009Comments (91)
Three off-duty police officers were arrested and spent the night in jail after an alleged assault and robbery of a newspaper delivery driver in downtown Vancouver Wednesday.
“We’re investigating the actions of three off-duty police officers that were involved in an altercation around 2:30 a.m. in the 600-block of Burrard Street,” said Vancouver Police Const. Jana McGuinness.
Police responded to a 911 call outside of the Hyatt Regency Hotel and arrested the three suspects, off-duty police officers from the Delta, New Westminster and West Vancouver police departments.
“The three officers were involved in an altercation with another man, who was a newspaper delivery driver in the area. The three officers were initially arrested for assault and robbery,” said McGuinness.
An ambulance was called and the 47-year-old victim was treated at the scene but was not taken to hospital, said McGuinness.
The three off-duty police officers were arrested at the scene.
“The officers were arrested without incident,” said McGuinness.
Dave Breen, manager of Dolphin Delivery, who the driver worked for, said the man was delivering the National Post.
“An ambulance was called, and he has been to his doctor today. He’s got some bumps and bruises, but I don’t think anything really serious,” said Breen. “But he’s not going to be working for at least a week or so.”
The three police officers were still in the Vancouver city jail late yesterday afternoon while the victim was recovering at his Surrey home. Vancouver police notified all three police departments that their members were arrested, being held in jail and were under investigation.
Investigators were interviewing witnesses including a city clean up crew who intervened with their shovels and brooms to protect the victim and called police.
The victim was robbed of his cellphone, his wallet and $200, according to Global News.
McGuinness would not discuss the case further.
“Those are investigative details that I’m not at liberty to release right now,” she said, adding she did not know if the officers were drunk. The VPD’s major crime robbery-assault unit is investigating.
“The investigators are looking hard to determine whether a crime has been committed before any charges are laid,” said McGuinness.
She said the three suspects are being treated “as if they are a member of the public when under arrest. There are no provisions or exceptions made for the fact they are police officers.”
All three police departments issued news releases saying they were aware their members had been arrested and had contacted the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner about the incident.
All three departments also said their professional standards sections were investigating the matter.
The Delta police officer is a 28-year-old patrol duty constable with close to three years of service. The West Vancouver Police Department said its officer was a “junior” constable, while New West said its member was a patrol officer with four years experience.
All three could face immediate disciplinary action from their respective chief constables.