Vancouver cop lied: commissioner
Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner has issued a decision about a Vancouver police officer. (FILE PHOTO)
A Vancouver police officer lied about a suspect ramming his vehicle and gave chase despite a superior’s orders not to, according to a complaints commissioner decision.
The decision handed down by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner Wednesday determined Const. Christopher Charters lied in 2011 about the suspect “sitting in the shadows” in a stolen vehicle and coming “out of the weeds” to ram Charters’ police SUV.
What had actually happened, adjudicator William Smart determined, was that auto theft suspect David Davidson had lost control around Rupert Park and went onto the grass.
This would’ve been minutes after Davidson escaped being pinned by Charters at the side of an intersection.
Speeding away, Davidson lost control again — into the park grass, and as he came back onto the road, the adjudicator said, Charters was still more than a block away and it’s unlikely Davidson could have tried to ram the officer.
Instead, Smart said, Davidson’s story that Charters rammed his stolen vehicle as he was trying to speed away from the park is more believable.
“Const. Charters denies hitting the (stolen) Cherokee as alleged,” Smart said in his decision.
“... all that occurred was Mr. Davidson pumped the brakes hard several times. Const. Charters says this was what caused him to broadcast the warning that the driver of the Cherokee was trying to ‘ram’ him.”
Charters had argued that as a dog squad officer, he was expected to get closer to the suspect than other officers. He argued he wasn’t pursuing the stolen vehicle, but was rather taking a “long eye” by maintaining visual distance of the suspect.