BRITISH COLUMBIA

Complaint commissioner orders hearing into officer abuse allegations

05/24/2013 06:55 EDT | Updated 07/24/2013 05:12 EDT
VANCOUVER - A public hearing will be held into allegations of abuse of authority, deceit and discreditable conduct against a member of B.C.'s Transit Police.

The police complaint commissioner announced the hearing for Const. Ken Jansen in connection with an incident in April 2010.

The commissioner says Jansen and a member of the RCMP are accused of using unnecessary or excessive force on a person at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

At an earlier disciplinary hearing, Jansen was handed an eight-day suspension without pay for abuse of authority and discreditable conduct, while the deceit allegations were dismissed.

But Jansen is entitled to a hearing and the police complaint commissioner has the discretion to either arrange a public hearing or to review the record.

The commissioner had decided on a hearing, saying that it may be necessary to examine and cross-examine witnesses. No date has been set for the hearing.