Vancouver police officer facing disciplinary action after DTES complaint 0
A Vancouver constable facing disciplinary action after a Downtown Eastside woman was pushed to the ground in front of three officers two years ago appeared in front of a police superior Wednesday for mediation.
Const. Taylor Robinson, accused in the complaint, appeared with in front of an inspector to find an appropriate penalty to recommend to the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner, which is expected to review the decision and make its say afterward.
According to court documents, on June 9, 2010, Sandy Lynn Davidsen "encountered three uniformed (Vancouver police) officers and . Mr. Robinson, without provocation, pushed her to the ground."
She further claims none of the officers helped her to get up. A surveillance video taken at the time appears to back up her claim. It shows an officer extending his arm, seeming to push a woman dressed in red to the ground.
Robinson's response, according to the document, was that he felt the woman was going for his gun. He tried to distance himself and told her not to touch his sidearm, before the woman fell.
New Westminster Police Department, called in to investigate, had initially recommended criminal charges to Crown counsel, but those were stayed in favour of an "alternate measures" program, Vancouver police Sgt. Randy Fincham said.
Lawyer Scott Bernstein, representing Davidsen, said he expects the OPCC to make a decision in the next week or two.
He filed submissions to the disciplinary hearing Wednesday, outlining what he calls "flaws" in the process.
"A woman with disabilities (Davidsen), who weighs 100 pounds, is holding her hands in the air as she tries to balance herself. She is not grabbing his handgun, it's just preposterous," he said.
"The disciplinary authority found it credible that Const. Robinson had a subjective belief that Ms. Davidsen was grabbing his handgun."