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Bylaw officers allegedly attack man. Police and city investigating

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Uploaded on Oct 20, 2010

VICTORIA: A Fernwood mother is still shocked by what she saw Wednesday morning when she looked out her kitchen window.
"I just thank god that my children were sitting at this table eating their cereal", says Jennifer Stubbs "I heard commotion, but that's not unusual in this neighbourhood. So I ignored it for a little until I could clearly hear that somebody was calling for help"
Stubbs says when she heard that screaming she ran from her bedroom into her kitchen. Through her kitchen window she could see a neighbourhood park on Caledonia Avenue. In it, she says she saw a man lying on the ground with a Victoria Bylaw Officer on top of him.
"He was swinging at him hitting him over the back of his head...just striking him over and over again", says Stubbs "Then he stopped and the man cried for help again and then he started to hit him again. I've never seen a beating like that ever and I don't ever what to see it again".
Another witness also heard the commotion.
Andrew McIntyre says he never saw the bylaw officers beating the man, but he is concerned.
"I thought it was a little unnecessary because they already had him restrained", McIntyre told /A\ News. "He wasn't fighting back or anything like that so I thought it's kind of ridiculous".
All three men were taken to hospital. The City of Victoria says one of the bylaw officers received a laceration to his leg.
The City says no weapons were involved and it does not know how the officer was injured.
There is no word on if the other two men were injured.
Victoria Police say they will not speculate on the incident and have not received all of the witness statements. The Department says it will review the incident thoroughly.
Since the city banned camping in the 900 block of Pandora. Neighbours living around the park where this morning's altercation took place say they have seen increased drug use and homelessness.
The city says its bylaw officers were attempting to remove two shopping carts from the park when things got physical.
"We look to take swift action to be sure that we have the appropriate policies in place and that our officer are equipped and guided by the best direction they can have in these instances" says City of Victoria spokesperson Katie Josephson. "If there is anything that needed to be corrected it will be".
Jennifer Stubbs has filed complaint with the city and a statement with police.
The city says it will know more about incident when the bylaw officers return to work Thursday morning.

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