A man who claims he was beaten by two Vancouver police officers in a case of mistaken identity says he plans to take further legal action after Delta police concluded his allegations of misconduct were “unsubstantiated”.
In a statement today (November 3), Yao Wei Wu said he and his family feel “extremely disappointed and angry” about the Delta Police Department’s investigation of the incident.
“I was beaten by the police for no reason at the door of my home in the morning on January 21 this year. The matter was investigated for over 9 months, and the investigation report says that the police had reason to beat me, that I was beaten by the police because I resisted arrest and failed to co-operate, and that I fell and injured my eye,” Wu said, according to a Chinese translation of his statement.
“This is absolutely a distortion of the facts!” he added.
Today, Delta police Chief Constable Jim Cessford said in a statement that his department’s investigation found that the two Vancouver officers were “acting in the course of their duties and in good faith” and the “force used was reasonable under the circumstances”.
Constables Nicholas Florkow and Bryan London were responding to a 911 call about a domestic assault when they ended up at Wu’s home.
A summary of the incident from Delta police states: “It is clear that Mr. Wu and the constables viewed the confrontation from contrasting but equally valid perspectives. Mr. Wu reacted to the officers by aggressively trying to protect his home, family and himself. While the officers believed that they were faced with the domestic violence suspect or, at least an assaultive person. Mr. Wu was taken into custody and handcuffed. In all likelihood these factors contributed to a perfect storm of events that led to the unfortunate injury to Mr. Wu.”
In a statement today, Wu’s lawyer, Cameron Ward, called the Delta police investigation a “farce”.
The Vancouver Police also issued a statement today, noting: “It was unfortunate that our officers had the wrong address and also that Mr. Wu, as we now have learned, saw the officers’ badges but unfortunately felt that he had to resist them.”
In March, Wu filed a lawsuit against the two officers, the City of Vancouver, and the Corporation of Delta.
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