Chief Constable Jim Chu issues a statement regarding the Paul Boyd shooting during a press conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Thursday May 31, 2012, Boyd was a mentally-ill man who was shot by a Vancouver Police officers on Granville at 16th Avenue in August, 2007.
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Vancouver Police Department chief Jim Chu said he was "very disturbed" by the new video footage, which was made public Monday.
On Aug. 13, 2007, Paul Boyd, 39, was shot eight times by police. Two of the shots were potentially fatal, forensic pathologist Dr. Chares Lee said during an inquest.
There was evidence Boyd had a hammer and attacked officers with a bicycle chain during the Aug. 13 shooting, but he was shown in a video to be crawling on hands and knees immediately before the final shot.
Following the inquest, Const. Lee Chipperfield was shuffled to forensic investigation duties and away from "front line patrol" duties, Chu said.
Chu said Chipperfield was retrained, recertified and is now permitted to carry a sidearm - though he won't be responding directly to 911 calls.
But BC Civil Liberties Association executive director David Eby considered the reassignment a promotion.
"In policing, a promotion is often a movement out of frontline beat policing into secondary responses. So forensics, major crime investigation and so on," he said.
"It suggests to me that somebody looked at this and said, ‘This guy had been in a difficult situation, let's reward him,' when really, the attitude should've been something very different."
A new investigation into the case has been launched into the case.
Chu added the department would be "reassessing" Chipperfield's status as the new investigations go forward.