B.C.'s police complaint commissioner has announced a public inquiry into the conduct of two Delta police officers.
In September 2011, the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner received a complaint alleging that constables Aaron Hill and Aaron McRae tackled a man off his bike. It was alleged they repeatedly smashed his face into the concrete and kicked him in the ribs during an arrest in North Delta on Sept. 17, 2011.
The complaint alleged abuse of authority, damage to property of others, deceit and neglect of duty on the part of the two officers.
The complaint has already been extensively reviewed by the Delta Police Department's professional standards section, followed by a judicial review.
In June, retired judge Jakob S. De Villiers dismissed all the allegations against the officers. In his findings, however, he noted that he was not able to cross-examine those who testified and the complainant was not allowed to participate in the proceedings.
On Wednesday, police complaint commissioner Stan Lowe announced he came to the determination that a public hearing is required "as there is a reasonable basis to believe that the... findings are incorrect and that it is also necessary in the public interest."
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