New videos surface around the incident in which a Vancouver police cruiser hit a pedestrian

WARNING: This story contains a portion of a video showing the moments before a man was beaten in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that viewers may find disturbing.

The Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), a non-profit organization and advocacy group, posted new videos on social media on Friday of an incident in which a police cruiser hit a pedestrian standing at the middle of a busy Downtown Eastside street.

British Columbia’s Independent Investigations Office (IIO), the province’s civilian-run police watchdog, is investigating the incident and says a Vancouver police vehicle struck a man in the 100 block of East Hastings Street around 3:20 a.m. PT on Tuesday.

The man was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but Vancouver police said Friday he has since been released and is recovering.

Vince Tao, one of VANDU’s community organizers, says the group took it upon themselves to gather more information about what happened, as few or no details are made public once the IOI take over.

“Through our anonymous tip line VANDU, we were able to collect footage of the event from multiple angles,” Tao said in an interview.

In a series of Twitter posts, VANDU shared six videos and several photos that appear to come from at least two different security cameras and another video that appears to have been recorded on a bystander’s cellphone.

Two separate videos show two different angles of the man being hit by the police car and thrown to the ground upon impact.

“It shows the speed at which the vehicle hits the man – suddenly and directly. The man flies several feet.”

Tao says he thinks the police response after the collision was also “quite disturbing”.

He says three more police cars rushed into a crowd that had gathered around the man who was hit. And he says harm reduction officers intervened to help the man claim he had been assaulted by police after several other officers arrived at the scene.

CBC does not provide links to other videos showing the moment of impact and its aftermath due to their graphic nature.

VPD responds

Asked about the video and comments VANDU shared on social media Friday, VPD Sgt. Steve Addison said multiple officers responded to Tuesday’s incident and while police were tending and securing the scene of a collision, “a number of people ran into the officers.”

“It’s a very common thing that happens in the Downtown Eastside,” Addison said, adding that he had no details of what happened and that it was up to the IIO to gather all the information. details and make an assessment.

“I hope the IIO investigation will look at a number of things, he said, “including why was there a man standing in the middle of the road in the middle of the night.

When asked if tensions had recently escalated between the DTES community and the police, Addison insisted that was not the case. He says the VPD has officers “dedicated to this community” who have the support of the people and says there has been “a lot of misinformation…spread by people who tend to be anti-police.”

WATCH | A pedestrian stands in the middle of the street as a police car arrives:

Video shows police vehicle moments before it hit pedestrian

An investigation is ongoing after a Vancouver police cruiser struck a pedestrian on East Hastings Street on the morning of September 20, 2022.

Call for repercussions

Tao says the videos VANDU has compiled also show it took 10 minutes for an ambulance to arrive and another 16 minutes for paramedics to assess the victim’s injuries, put him in the vehicle and transport him to hospital.

He also said video shows the man who was struck stood in the road for about two minutes and a city bus and another police cruiser both got him to safety.

He says the police response after the collision shows the VPD has a “hostile stance” towards the DTES community.

“If the police want to call this seeding division or create salacious details – I think what’s most salacious is the fact that they knocked down a man,” Tao said. “There must be consequences.”

The IOI continues to collect evidence

In an interview with CBC, the IIO’s chief civilian director, Ron MacDonald, said his investigators were looking at how the police car was driven, how fast it was going, what kind of aiming planes the driver had and how visible the person was before they were. hit.

The IIO has solicited video evidence, as it does in all cases it handles, and is trying to identify the sources of the video released on Friday in an effort to find the original recording.

MacDonald says the officers involved are legally obligated to cooperate with the IIO, while the victim and other witnesses are not obligated to answer questions.

“But we already have quite a bit of evidence, and we hope to put more together to paint a full picture of what happened here,” he said.

Once the IIO completes its investigation, MacDonald says it will decide whether there are “reasonable grounds to believe there is an offence” – such as dangerous driving under the Criminal Code or an offense under of the Motor Vehicle Act. At that point, its recommendations would be forwarded to the BC Prosecution Service for consideration.

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