Vcr man beaten
in mistaken identity case
sues police, city, investigators

Canadian Press, March 5, 2010

VANCOUVER, B.C. — A Vancouver man beaten by plainclothes police in a case of mistaken identity is suing the two accused officers in the case, the city and the municipality of Delta.

Yao Wei Wu suffered bone fractures around an eye and bruises to his knees and back after officers came to his home responding to a call about a domestic dispute.

Wu, a 44-year-old Chinese immigrant who speaks little English, alleges he was awoken, dragged from his home and attacked in front of his family.

Police Chief Jim Chu offered several apologies once it was discovered police got the wrong house, and called on nearby Delta police to conduct an internal investigation.

A media statement from the Wu family released at a news conference Friday alleges the officers are receiving preferential treatment.

It says the family believes charges should have been laid weeks ago.

None of the allegations from the family have been proven in court.

The statement says the family decided against filing a complaint with the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner because they aren't confident in a process where police investigate police.