At the time Paul Boyd was killed by the Vancouver Police, we worked in the same building. I was in a law firm on the second floor and Mr. Boyd worked a few floors above. I saw him from time to time in the small coffee and sandwich shop the main floor. I spoke with him briefly when I ran into him.
He came down to the coffee shop, usually with a colleague. I overheard some conversations. He seemed to be a very personable, sensitive, insightful and intelligent individual. He was always courteous waiting for the elevator.
When he was killed in the police incident, his co-workers spoke of how he was killed execution style despite being surrounded by police and posing no real threat.
Having met the man, I tended to believe the rumors in the building and I expected that the investigation would clarify things. I assumed there was decent video, considering the location and the details known by Mr. Boyd’s co-workers.
When Robert Dziekański was executed just a few months later by the RCMP, and the RCMP were caught in the cover up, I suspected that Paul Boyd’s killing would be covered up by the VPD.
There is a lot to think about here.
I liked Mr. Boyd. He was a decent person. Like you or me.
Here are some recent articles about where the matter stands:
Vancouver Sun: He wasn’t a danger to anyone … charges should be laid: Deborah, Paul Boyd’s sister
The Huffington Post: Paul Boyd Police Shooting Death: Colleague Hopes New Video Will Bring Answers
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