Is the Chair of Vancouver’s Police Board challenging his Chief of Police to fast track an internal investigation of an alleged assault of a delivery driver by three off-duty police officers? That’s what some are wondering after Mayor Robertson spoke to a television reporter on Sunday.
Mayor Gregor Robertson, who heads the Police board, said on Global TV news this weekend:
“I think it should be happening more quickly. I’m concerned that [the investigation] is happening between several police departments here. I’d like to see progress on this, and I think the public would like to see that.”
He said he had been in touch with Chief Jim Chu after the incident, but expressed publicly that the VPD might be dragging their heels on investigating one of their own. Robertson continues:
“You’re absolutely right if it was someone who was not a police officer we would have seen more quick action on it…the days starting to move by without any significant action and that’s a concern.”
The Mayor’s involvement in what appears to be an active police investigation does raise questions about possible political interference into the day-to-day operations of the department. Given this is an active investigation, the Chair of the Police Board would be well-advised to be more discrete in his comments relating to this case.