No charge against officer who shot animator dead

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Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

There will be no charge against a Van­cou­ver police offi­cer who shot ani­ma­tor Paul Boyd, 39, eight times on the street, killing him, on the night of August 13, 2007.

Exten­sive inves­ti­ga­tions have led to no evi­dence sug­gest­ing that Const. Lee Chip­per­field used unnec­es­sary or exces­sive force in han­dling the inci­dent, Police Com­plaint Com­mis­sioner Stan Lowe said Monday.

Boyd, an ani­ma­tor with Global Mechanic, died from gun­shot wounds, includ­ing a bul­let to the head. Boyd, who had suf­fered from bipo­lar dis­or­der for two decades and had been severely depressed, allegedly attacked police with a bicy­cle chain. He was shot after a strug­gle with officers.

A direc­tor of Ed, Edd n’ Eddy, he was the ani­ma­tor behind the intro sequence on the series. He was a direc­tor of The Mr. Hell Show, and pro­vided ani­ma­tion for Gary Larson’s Tales From the Far Side and Mucha Lucha!

Boyd had taught first-semester clas­si­cal ani­ma­tion for the computer-generated ani­ma­tion course at the Van­cou­ver Film School. He was also direc­tor of ani­ma­tion and — with Matthew Charde — co-executive pro­ducer of “Eat and Move,” two hand-drawn Flash-animated tele­vi­sion PSAs for the Province of Alberta.

Chip­per­field was one of sev­eral offi­cers who answered a 911 call about a man’s strange behav­ior. He fired sev­eral shots at Boyd.

In 2010, a coroner’s inquest in 2010 heard that Chip­per­field fired the final shot, which hit Boyd’s head — even after his part­ner told him to hold fire and dis­armed the ani­ma­tor. Chip­per­field tes­ti­fied that he thought Boyd remained armed.

Chip­per­field said that said he fired a shot at Boyd’s head when he saw no blood from pre­vi­ous shots and thought that the ani­ma­tor had body armor on.

Boyd’s father has alleged that his son was on his hands and knees when he was shot.

British Colum­bia Civil Lib­er­ties Asso­ci­a­tion exec­u­tive direc­tor David Eby won­ders why it took five years for the case to con­clude. He also queried the use by the Office of the Police Com­plaint Com­mis­sioner of a psy­chol­o­gist who stated in a report that Chipperfield’s emo­tional reac­tion to the events and a restricted focus made him “inat­ten­tion­ally” blind.

Said Eby: “The only result of this five-year-long inves­ti­ga­tion is ever more tor­tured expla­na­tions for an officer’s actions in shoot­ing a dis­armed and badly injured man in the head.”

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