Off-duty cops arrested for alleged assault & robbery

A New West police officer was among three off-duty cops who were arrested for allegedly assaulting and robbing a man in Vancouver.

Three off-duty police officers from different suburban departments were arrested Wednesday on allegations they assaulted and robbed a man in Vancouver.

The Vancouver Police Department said the three officers were involved in an altercation with a 47-year-old newspaper delivery driver from Surrey, B.C.

Police declined to provide many details, citing the continuing investigation, but said they responded to a 911 call about a fight outside an upscale hotel in the city’s downtown around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The three male officers were released from custody Wednesday evening but no charges had yet been filed, spokeswoman Const. Jana McGuinness said.

“The investigators are working hard to determine whether a crime has been committed before any charges are laid,” she said.

Source: Three off-duty police officers arrested in Vancouver for assault, robbery | The Canadian Press

UPDATE: The New Westminster police officer involved in this incident has been suspended with pay. The conduct of all three officers will be investigated, and no charges have been laid.

I am proud of the New West police force for responding promptly with this suspension. The suspension will be reviewed once the investigation is complete. I think this is an appropriate response given the allegations. The other districts involved (Delta and West Van) should follow suit.