Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Police Watchdog Says Court Orders Vancouver Police to Co-Operate with Probe

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Police Watchdog Says Court Orders Vancouver Police to Co-Operate with Probe

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Court directs Vancouver police to help in probe

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VANCOUVER - British Columbia's police watchdog says a court has backed its investigation into a fatal shooting by police two years ago.

The Independent Investigations Office says it petitioned the B.C. Supreme Court to get the full co-operation of seven police officers in its investigation of the shooting of a man at a Canadian Tire store in November 2016.

Chief civilian director Ron MacDonald says the court "strongly reaffirmed" his office's position and the importance of the civilian oversight of policing.

The investigations office says the court ruled the officers can't withhold co-operation based on assertions that times proposed for interviews inconveniences them.

The petition said the seven officers will not speak to independent investigators without first reviewing videos of the shooting, though the office has rejected the request, saying the videos could distort their memories. …

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