Police Version of Fatal Shooting Absurd: Expert
posted by: Ytzhak (link)VANCOUVER - The police version of a fatal shooting involving two city officers makes no sense, says a former combat and tactical instructor to members of the Vancouver Police Department. ...Gerald Chenery, a 29 year old Nisga'a man from Prince Rupert, had trace amounts of cocaine in his system when he was shot 12 times and killed by police in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.Police Version of Fatal Shooting "Absurd": Expert
VANCOUVER - The police version of a fatal shooting involving two city officers makes no sense, says a former combat and tactical instructor to members of the Vancouver Police Department. Allan Chad, who for three years taught members of the Emergency Response Team, the elite S.W.A.T. unit of the Vancouver police, made the comment after reviewing the fatal shooting of Gerald Chenery on Dec. 26, 2004 by two rookie officers.
"This is an absurd account," said Chad in a sworn legal statement. "[It is] inconsistent with my more than 25 years of experience in the professional use of force."
Gerald Chenery, a 29 year old Nisga'a man from Prince Rupert, had trace amounts of cocaine in his system when he was shot 12 times and killed by police in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Police state the shooting was in self-defence after Chenery attacked two officers with knives, and insist that experience and training were not factors. Chad, however, questioned the police version of events, noting:
* It is impossible to reconcile police claims that experience was not a factor with numerous mistakes that were made during the encounter, including staying in the police car, failing to control the suspect before interrogation, missing at close range, becoming separated, and engaging in cross-fire.
* The injuries suffered by Chenery are not consistent with the police version of events. According to police, Chenery was attacking a fallen officer when he was shot 10 times from behind by a second officer, including two shots to the back of each wrist. The shots to the wrists are unlikely to have occurred as described by police, says Chad, and the bullet wound to the back of the leg suggests that the female officer was directly in the line of fire.
* The police claim that only two officers were on the scene is inconsistent with an independent civilian witness, who says that there were three officers present prior to the shooting. The witness also described a flurry of shots, followed by a pause and a shot, and then another pause and shot. "The statement of the civilian witness may provide a more consistent account of the two wounds to the wrists then the police version," said Chad.
Margaret Gisle, a sister of Chenery, was critical of how the police are handling the matter. "I am disappointed in how the police have communicated with me and my family. The information that I have received about my brother's death has been what I read in the newspapers, and it makes me very upset that they don't tell us first."