THE Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner announced on Tuesday that dates have been set for the public hearing into allegations of misconduct against Constable Eric Ludeman and Constable Neil Logan of the Vancouver Police Department.
The scheduled hearing dates are March 10, 11, 12, 13, 2020, and May 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 2020, at the Vancouver Robson Square Courthouse in Courtroom #109, starting at 9:30 a.m.
The public hearing is as a result of a complaint of excessive use of force and improper entry into the private residence of Vladamir Tchaikoun and his family, according to a November 7, 2019 press release.
After investigation by the Victoria Police Department the matter was ultimately referred to a retired judge for review. In a subsequent discipline proceeding, retired Judge Brian Neal determined that although the entry into the private residence was unlawful, the police officers did not commit misconduct.
Complainants are not afforded the opportunity to present oral evidence at discipline proceedings and Tchaikoun requested the Police Complaint Commissioner arrange a public hearing. The Commissioner considered this request and other factors and determined that it is in the public interest to arrange a public hearing. Upon the recommendation of the Associate Chief Justice of the British Columbia Supreme Court, retired Provincial Court Judge Carol Baird Ellan was appointed to preside as adjudicator in these proceedings, pursuant to section 142(2) of the Police Act.
Further details regarding this matter may be found at www.opcc.bc.ca.