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Three Vancouver cops headed to trial following 2017 SkyTrain arrest

Three Vancouver police officers who allegedly assaulted a man on a stop regarding bicycle safety will go on trial in December for various assault charges
Three Vancouver Police Department officers are going on trial for assault in December.

Three Vancouver police officers will be going on trial in December on assault-related charges connected to a May 24, 2017 SkyTrain incident.

The officers allegedly tried to stop David Cowie for riding a bike with no light, helmet, lights or proper reflectors when the man was injured.

Const. Brandon Blue is charged with assault causing bodily harm, while constables Beau Spencer and Gregory Jackson are accused of assault. . 

The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) has said the Independent Investigations Office investigated the case and passed on its report for consideration of charges to Crown counsel in February 2019. 

The officers were charged last September.

On Feb. 11, Vancouver Provincial Court Judge Gregory Rideout approved an Oct. 3 pre-trial conference and trial dates of Dec. 5-6, 13-15 and Jan. 16 and 23.

The BCPS said the charge assessment process was slowed by the complexity of the issues, volume of disclosure and its requests for further disclosure.

The officers’ first scheduled court appearance was last October.

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