Transit Police officers charged in alleged assault at SkyTrain station
Two Transit Police officers have been charged in the alleged assault of a 27-year-old man at a SkyTrain station in Vancouver.
Constables Bruce Shipley and Alfred Wong each face one count of assault in connection with the incident at Granville SkyTrain Station.
On the evening of February 9, the officers approached a man while he was sitting on steps at the Seymour Street entrance to the downtown transit hub.
The officers decided to check on the man after hearing a person fitting a similar description might be in distress, Vancouver police said in a news release today (August 8).
As the man attempted to walk away he was allegedly physically assaulted and pepper sprayed by the officers.
Following the incident, the Vancouver Police Department conducted an independent criminal investigation.
Investigators determined there were reasonable grounds to believe a criminal offence had been committed and the Crown formally laid charges against the officers.
The Transit Police is an accredited police service under the B.C. Police Act with more than 160 sworn police officers.
It works alongside municipal police and RCMP forces to provide policing on the transit system in Metro Vancouver.