Two of the three police officers who were alleged to have beaten, robbed and racially insulted a delivery man in Vancouver last week will be charged in the assault.
Charges of assault and possession of stolen property are recommended against an officer with the New Westminster police, while a charge of robbery is recommended against an officer with the West Vancouver force, Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu told reporters Monday.
Chu said there was not enough evidence to recommend charges against a third officer from the Delta police department, who was initially arrested along with the other two early Wednesday morning in downtown Vancouver.
“We do actually have some evidence that he may have actually tried to intervene and stop the assault,” Chu said of the Delta officer.
The New Westminster officer has already been identified as 38-year-old Jeffrey Klassen. The name of the accused West Van officer will be released once charges are laid.
New Westminster’s police Chief Constable Lorne Zapotichny released the following statement about the incident:
Allegations of this nature against one of our police officers is very serious and disconcerting, not only to our organization, but also to the citizens we serve.
I want to assure the public that behavior of this nature, whether on or off duty, is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. At the same time, I ask for the public’s patience and trust during this investigation as members of the police must be afforded the same due process as any other member of the public.