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Todd Mosher, Former West Vancouver Cop, 'Disappointed' Hearing Into 'Coverup' Allegations Won't Be Public

02/04/2015 10:07 EST | Updated 04/07/2015 05:59 EDT
An ex-West Vancouver police officer who wants a judge to draw up criminal charges against three members of his former force is disappointed the hearing won't be public.

Mosher is trying to launch a "private prosecution," seeking to convince a North Vancouver provincial court judge Wednesday there is enough evidence to lay criminal misconduct charges against one retired and two active members of the West Vancouver police department.

"I'm disappointed, I think this is something the public needs to be made aware of, and I'm hopeful that in the next stage of this process that all the information will eventually come out," said Mosher on Wednesday.

Despite submissions from the CBC and several other media outlets, asking that the in-camera session be open to reporters, the judge ruled the details of the hearing cannot be made public to protect the reputations of the officers while he hears the evidence.

Even Mosher can only speak in general terms about the case.

"I'm alleging that there was a coverup," he told reporters.

Previously, he’s publicly claimed he was fired in 2011 for blowing the whistle on issues within the West Van police department, including favouritism, harassment-- and in one case, accusing a fellow officer of skipping work to have sex with a police dispatcher. 

Todd Mosher alleges he was fired from the West Vancouver police department in 2011 for "deceit", but maintains in reality he was terminated "without cause", in retaliation for complaints against his superiors. Then it was covered up.

"I now believe I'm in possession of information that certainly calls into question [my] termination ... information that wasn't acted upon by the West Vancouver police department."

Mosher said he does not want his job back, and does not consider the attempt at prosecution a case of "sour grapes" after losing his job.

He does want transparency and accountability, and to clear his name, he said.

"Everyone wants to shuffle this under the carpet and make it go away."

The West Vancouver police force declined an interview on Mosher's allegations, but said they have previously been extensively reviewed — and rejected — by outside agencies.

In a statement posted on the department's website, West Vancouver Police said they are "aware of an attempt by an individual to file a Private Information at North Vancouver Provincial Court."

"Public comment on this attempted proceeding would not be appropriate at this point," it said.

In an unrelated matter, in 2006 Mosher filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal claiming discrimination by the police department because he was forced to cut his hair. It was dismissed.

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