An investigation into the death of a Sunshine Coast man after an altercation with Vancouver police more than seven years ago is set to begin Monday.
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Miles Gray, 33, died on August 13, 2015, in the backyard of a home on the Vancouver-Burnaby border.
In any case where someone dies in an interaction with police, a coroner’s inquest is mandated by BC law. The coroner’s jury will be charged with determining the facts of the death and making recommendations to prevent similar deaths, and cannot find fault.
The inquest will be held at Burnaby Coroner’s Court under Presiding Coroner Larry Merzinczyk.
Grey’s mother, Margie, is due to testify on the first day of the inquest.
Over the course of 10 days of proceedings, the inquest is to hear a total of 41 witnesses, including seven officers facing possible discipline in the death, other officers present at the scene, paramedics, firefighters, and people who initially alerted police. Had phoned
Seven Vancouver police officers could face suspension, dismissal over Miles Gray’s death
On the day of Gray’s death, police were called to a report of a man allegedly confronting a homeowner for watering his lawn during a drought.
The nine police officers present at the scene were the only witnesses to Gray’s death. He was unarmed at that time.
The extent of his injuries was such that no cause of death was ever confirmed. According to the BC Prosecution Service, an autopsy revealed that his testicles had been torn, the voice box was broken, the nose was broken, the sternum and eye socket and jaw had been dislocated.
It also determined that Gray had consumed Mitragynine, more commonly known as “Kratum”, and could not rule out the possibility that he was solely due to factors related to the use of police force. had died, involving kratom use or a “said condition”. Excited babble.
The Prosecution Service further stated that Gray was unconscious, restrained with hand and foot restraints and was “suffering from obvious injuries” within 20 minutes of officers first arriving, and they left
After the investigation was hampered by a lack of cooperation from some officers, BC’s civilian police watchdog, the Independent Investigation Office, filed a report to the Prosecution Service to consider charges.
New details on Vancouver police officers in the Miles Gray case
Crown prosecutors ultimately declined to press charges, saying they could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officers had committed a crime.
However, the seven officers could still face discipline, including possible dismissal from the force, as a result of an ongoing investigation under the Police Act ordered by the Office of the Commissioner of Police Complaints.
That inquiry found that allegations of abuse of authority related to use of force and neglect of duty relating to failure to keep notes and reports could be substantiated.
Constables Beau Spencer, Hardeep Sahota, Josh Wong, Corey Folkstad, Nick Thompson, Derek Cain and Eric Birjanek could face multiple types of discipline for allegations of abuse of authority. The same officers, except Birjanek, are facing dereliction of duty charges.
The officials are set to face in-camera disciplinary proceedings from this month.
Public inquest into the death of Miles Gray
“In these proceedings, the Disciplinary Authority shall exercise its decision independently and in conformity with the requirements of, police actdetermine how the case progresses,” Deputy Police Complaints Commissioner Andrea Spindler said in an email on Tuesday.
“There is no specific time limit within which the Disciplinary Authority must make its decision after the initiation of disciplinary proceedings. The complexity of the case, availability of counsel, request for further investigation, summoning of witnesses, or other procedural lapses given to the members at this stage Depending on the authority, disciplinary proceedings can be lengthy.
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