VANCOUVER — A 56-year-old man has filed a complaint against the Vancouver Police Department after hallway surveillance video surfaced from May 26, 2013, that appears to show an officer kicking him while he was on the ground.
Cameron Stewart said he doesn't remember much from the night he was dragged naked from his suite by police after he barricaded himself inside.
Video footage obtained by QMI Agency shows two officers dragging a man naked into the hallway, followed by a senior officer. When Stewart tries to sit upright to face him, the senior officer can be seen lifting his arms and lunging towards the nude man, who falls suddenly to the ground.
The 56-year-old recovering addict said he was cooking Kraft Dinner, took some sleeping pills and passed out.
"I felt safer barricading myself. It became a habit," Stewart said. "The smoke detector went off, they couldn't open my door, so they used sort of an axe thing ... I remember someone screaming that I was endangering human life but I don't remember anything else.”
Stewart admitted that in the past he has assaulted police officers, but claimed he was trying to clean up his life since moving into the complex.
Const. Brian Montague, a police spokesman confirmed the case was documented in a report by officers, but said he hadn't seen the video.