I don’t represent the family of Myles Gray, but I have been following the case closely and I am outraged by the length of time it has taken for the authorities to deal with the case.

According to news accounts, Mr. Gray, 33, was the owner of a successful business in Sechelt and had no criminal record.  He was on a business trip in Vancouver and unarmed when he encountered a woman watering her lawn during drought restrictions.  An argument ensued and police were called in response to a complaint of a man spraying a woman with a garden hose.  Seven or eight Vancouver Police Department members responded, an altercation ensued, and Mr. Gray was left dead.  There were no civilian witnesses and no videos.  The police took no contemporaneous notes, contrary to VPD policy.  According to a summary of an autopsy report, released to the public much later, Mr. Gray’s injuries included “a fractured voice box; nasal fracture; dislocated jaw; fractured right orbital eye socket; fractured posterior right third rib; fractured sternum; hemorrhagic injury of one testicle; multi-focal bruising to thigh and right arm”.  Clearly, this man suffered a horrendous beating before he died.

So far, there has been no discipline, no arrests and no charges.  The Independent Investigations Office, the civilian agency that investigates all cases of police-involved serious harm or death, delivered its report to crown counsel in January of 2019.  Mr. Gray’s family is still waiting for some measure of justice, more than four years and nine months after he died.  This is wrong.