West Vancouver officer cleared of wrongdoing in longboarding confrontation

VANCOUVER – A West Vancouver Police officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing following a videotaped interaction with some longboarders in early 2014.

Police requested an order of investigation from the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner, which found the officer’s “conduct did not deviate materially from the objective standard of what a reasonable officer with similar training, knowledge, skills and experience would have done in the same circumstances.”

The video, posted in April by Danny Carlson, shows two longboarders heading down a steep hill on Finch Hill Road, filmed from a camera mounted on the third longboarder.

In the video, the group rounds a corner where they are met by a West Vancouver Police undercover cruiser with its lights flashing. All of the longboarders fall to the ground in an apparent attempt to avoid the cruiser.

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The man in the video tells the officer: “It’s definitely the most dangerous thing I’ve been involved in.”

The officer responds “All I did was slam on my brakes, [inaudible] fricken’ longboarders.”

The man says “You twerked in front of our lane,” before being interrupted by the officer who says, “Our lane?! It’s illegal to ride a longboard down here, I am getting tired of dealing with you, you understand?”

The man replies, “Is that what you do the cyclists? You cut in front of them with your grill? I can’t believe you did that.”

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– With files from Peter Meiszner


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