Hearing begins for Transit Police officers captured on video beating 22-year-old man

More than six years after one Transit Police officer pleaded guilty to assault in the beating of a 22-year-old UBC student at the Rupert SkyTrain station, a public hearing is investigating allegations of professional misconduct against two officers.

The 2011 incident was captured on video and appeared to show constables Edgar Diaz and Michael Hughes hitting the man with a baton and punching him in the head.

After a lengthy external investigation, both officers were criminally charged with assault causing bodily harm in 2015. Diaz pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months of probation. The charges were dropped against Hughes, who has since resigned from his transit position.

Both officers are facing a number of allegations of misconduct under the Police Act and on Friday a public hearing begins in relation to some of those allegations.


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