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Reliance on expert in B.C. police shooting under scrutiny

Curt Petrovich, CBC News, August 29, 2012
The father of a man shot by Vancouver police while he crawled on his hands and knees is asking investigators re-examining the case to question the use of an expert who cleared the officer involved in the shooting. David Boyd says he believes the Vancouver Police Department and B.C.'s Office of the PoliceComplaint Commissioner should never have relied on the opinions of police psychologist Bill Lewinski. "It seems like he was the kind of witness you call in if you want to have the police exonerated," Boyd said. ... "When someone hires Bill Lewinski, they're not hiring an impartial expert," Michael Haddad told CBC News. Haddad is president of the The National Police Accountability project, an organization of civil rights lawyers in the U.S. In 2006, Haddad represented the family of an undercover cop who was shot by two rookie officers....

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