The recent B.C. Supreme Court decision quashing a public hearing the complaint of Yao Wei Wu that two Vancouver police officers used excessive force against him in a case of mistaken identity proves, yet again, that any police complaint system that depends on police investigating the actions of police is irredeemably flawed.  When the Independent Investigation Office is finally established, cases like Mr. Wu’s would be investigated by civilians.

Mr. Wu, one of our clients, was seriously injured when Vancouver police investigating a domestic violence complaint went to the wrong address and awakened him.  Mr. Wu and his wife have a civil claim pending in B.C. Supreme Court, file no. S101576, Vancouver Registry.