CBC News reports: The man who suffered extensive injuries when he was hit in the face by a police officer's steel baton during the GUNS N' ROSES riot (video) says he's shocked that his complaint has been dismissed.
Police Complaints Commission adjudicator Ross Collver has ruled that Const. Reg Forster did not use excessive force when he struck 42-year-old Robert Parent.
Parent, who is a motion-capture technician with Electronic Arts, says he still has nightmares from that night in November 2002.
"I was shocked. I thought there would be some level of reason involved in this process," he says. "My emotional reaction was I was kind of sickened by it."
Parent says it's unfortunate that Collver, a retired judge, dismissed eyewitness evidence from that night.
And he says he still doesn't know why Forster attacked him. "No one had to hit me, period. I mean no one had to hit me.
"I was walking, you know, walking by myself. If they would have said, 'hey stop, put your hands on your head,' whatever, I would have done it," he says.
Parent had to pay $25,000 for reconstructive dental surgery, money that he says came out of his own pocket.
And now he says he's not sure whether he can afford to continue his civil suit against the Vancouver Police Department and the City of Vancouver.
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