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No wrongdoing by West Vancouver officer who stopped longboarder: watchdog

01/30/2015 02:25 EST | Updated 04/01/2015 05:59 EDT
WEST VANCOUVER, B.C. - West Vancouver Police say an officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in a videotaped confrontation with longboarders that went viral last year.

The police service issued a statement Friday saying an investigation overseen by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner has concluded that the constable's conduct was appropriate.

Police say the investigation found the officer's approach did not deviate from the objective standard of what a reasonable officer with similar training, skills and experience would have done.

A video was posted online last April that showed a group of longboarders heading down a steep hill before turning a corner, where they were met by a West Vancouver Police undercover cruiser with its lights flashing.

In the video, all of the longboarders fall to the ground in an apparent attempt to avoid the vehicle, prompting an argument between the officer and the longboarders.

West Vancouver Police say they received a complaint about the officer's actions and a full investigation under the independent oversight of the office was conducted and wrapped in December.