Nearly three-and-a-half years after Myles Gray died at the hands of Vancouver police, the issue has gone to the B.C. Prosecution Service for consideration of charges.
Gray, the Sechelt-based owner of a landscape company, suffered grievous injuries, including a fractured sternum, hemorrhaged testicles, a broken right orbital bone, and cartilage damage across the throat.
All of this came after he confronted a woman in East Vancouver who was violating lawn-watering restrictions on August 13, 2015. Police crossed into Burnaby in pursuit, and Gray was wrestled to the ground by six officers in the 8300 block of Joffre Avenue.
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has since completed a report into what happened.
"The length of this investigation relates to a number of aspects, including a difference of opinion with a witness officer regarding the extent of their duty to cooperate under the Police Act in the context of a second interview," the IIO stated in a news release today.
Crown counsel will make a decision to lay charges against any officers based on two criteria: whether there's a substantial likelihood of conviction and whether the prosecution is in the public interest.
The Justice for Myles Gray Facebook page has described him as a "kind, caring, loving person".
"It is my hope as well as Myles family and friends that this horrific crime against Myles leads to charges against the VPD officers that took his life," the most recent post states.More