The man hurt after plain-clothes Vancouver officers knocked on the wrong door did not resist arrest as police first claimed, Chief Jim Chu said.
“I want to make it perfectly clear … that we do not stand by that statement,” he said. “This was information that was premature.”
The chief apologized in person to Yao Wei Wu at his home on the weekend.
“We empathize with the Wu family and how upsetting this incident must be for them,” Chu said. He added a Vancouver police investigation of the incident is being overseen by the Office of the B.C. Police Complaints Commission.
However, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association says the investigation should be conducted by an independent department.
“There is clearly a great amount of confusion about this very troubling case, and a conflict between the VPD’s interest in protecting its officers and investigating the matter thoroughly,” said Jason Gratl, vice-president of the BCCLA. “We are glad the VPD realized the error of pronouncing on what happened before the investigation had even commenced, as this is an issue we’ve raised with them in the past.”
Wu, who doesn’t speak English, suffered cuts and a swollen eye after police came to his door around 2:20 a.m. on Wednesday. Officers had the right street address, but wrong unit number.