Eight years on, inquest into police-linked death of Myles Gray to begin in Burnaby

A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on a police uniform in downtown Vancouver’s East End on Jan. 9, 2021. Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck

Eight years on, Burnaby opens investigation into police-related death of Myles Gray

Gray died in 2015 after an altercation with seven police officers left him in cardiac arrest

A coroner’s inquest will begin today in Burnaby, British Columbia, into how a man was brutally beaten to death by a group of Vancouver police officers in 2015.

Myles Gray died on August 13, 2015, after an altercation with seven police officers left him in cardiac arrest and left him with a fractured eye socket, a partially dislocated jaw and numerous other injuries.

The British Columbia Prosecutor’s Service declined to approve criminal charges against the officers in 2020, saying they were the only witnesses to the 33-year-old’s death and providing statements that were described as incomplete and sometimes inconsistent.

The BC Coroner’s Service says that if someone dies in custody or in the custody of a sheriff, an investigation must be conducted.

Chief coroner Larry Marzinczyk and the jury will hear testimony from 41 people over 10 days, including police officers directly involved in the beating, according to the investigation’s public witness list.

The BC Coroners Service said the jury could not make a verdict of “legal liability” but could only make recommendations to prevent future deaths in similar circumstances.

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