A 29 year old Vancouver man claims he lost fifteen teeth after he was assaulted by two police officers in Chilliwack six months ago.
In a notice of civil claim filed in BC Supreme Court Matthew Commodore claims police used excessive force after he was approached near Sweltzer Creek Road in February around 1030pm.
“He was brutally assaulted by these officers. He was attacked by a police dog under their control. He was pushed to the ground and they used their feet to kick and stomp on his head.”
His lawyer, Neil Chantler, wouldn’t outline the events leading up to the alleged assault, but says his client wasn’t doing anything illegal at the time and doesn’t have a criminal record.
Chantler adds “he says they caused him serious bodily injuries. He was forced to undergo emergency constructive surgery to his face, and he had to have his fifteen upper teeth removed.”
Commodore is suing for aggravated and punitive damages.
He claims the behavior shows a shocking and callous disregard for innocent members of the public.
The claim says allowing the pair to escape punishment or sanction for their behavior would cause the community’s respect for the law and for the administration of justice to be diminished and would cause the law and the administration of justice in British Columbia to be brought into disrepute.
Chantler says his client has filed a complaint with the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP.
Chilliwack RCMP declined to comment.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.