Police watchdog investigating after video shows moment pedestrian struck by cruiser

Man struck by police cruiser

The Independent Investigations Office of the BC has launched an investigation after shocking video of a Vancouver Police Department vehicle striking a pedestrian in Vancouver was released earlier this week.

A tweet by account Always Film the VPD shows a man standing in the middle of the street in the 100-block-of East Hastings Street at approximately 3:20 a.m. on Sept, 20, 2022.

The video shows the man bent over in the street when a police vehicle driving eastbound strikes him.

The man was transported to hospital with serious injuries.

"The IIO is asking any person with relevant information, dashcam or other video footage of the incident to please contact the Witness Line toll-free at 1-855-446-8477 or via the contact form on the iiobc.ca website," states a news release from the IIO.

CTV News Vancouver is reporting that Vancouver police claim bystanders "attempted to interfere with evidence at the collision scene by removing property that belonged to the man who had been struck."

The Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users tweeted out that police arrived on the scene with guns drawn and refused to give their badge numbers.

In an email to Vancouver Is Awesome the VPD said the man was standing in the road.

"We trust this investigation will shed light on what factors led to the collision, including the reason why the pedestrian was standing motionless in the middle of the road, why the officers did not see the person, the speed of the police vehicle, and other contributing factors," reads the email from the VPD.

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