Who is Paul Boyd? (Paul Boyd death video)

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Paul Boyd death video

Who is Paul Boyd? (Paul Boyd death video)

Paul G. Boyd was an American-born Canadian animator. He was a member of a.k.a. Cartoon, the production team for Cartoon Network’s longest-running television series, Ed, Edd n Eddy, as a title sequence animator and director. He began his career working for International Rocketship on two Gary Larson specials. Wikipedia

Born: 30 September 1967, Pasadena, California, United States

Died: 13 August 2007, Vancouver, Canada

Known forEd, Edd n Eddy (title sequence); ¡Mucha Lucha!; Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman

How did Paul Boyd die?

While in his 20s, Boyd was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (manic depression), an illness for which he received constant and usually effective treatment. He lived with this illness for almost 20 years.[7]

Investigation

The fatal shooting incident was investigated by the Vancouver Police Department and their findings were passed on to the Criminal Justice Branch of BC which decided not to prosecute Chipperfield.[8] After a Coroner’s Inquest[9] in December 2010 revealed many details which did not figure in the Criminal Justice Branch report, a complaint was filed by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association to the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner alleging that excessive force had been used. In March 2012, the British Columbia Police Complaint Commissioner issued a report concluding that there was not “clear, convincing and cogent evidence … that Chipperfield used unnecessary force or excessive force during this incident.” He based his conclusion partly on an opinion provided by a use-of-force expert, Bill Lewinski, who suggested that Chipperfield could have been suffering from “inattentional blindness.”[10]

In May 2012, a video captured by a tourist’s video camera surfaced. In the video, which starts just as a burst of two shots was fired (the 7th and 8th shots), Boyd is seen crawling on the road, unarmed. In the time between the eighth and ninth (fatal) shot, an officer is seen standing near Boyd handling an object that analysis of the video showed to be a chain and throwing it to one side thus providing evidence that Boyd was unarmed at the time the fatal shot was fired. David Eby, executive director of the B. C. Civil Liberties Association, said that the video made it clear that Boyd did not pose a threat to anyone at the time the fatal bullet was fired. In light of the new evidence, an independent investigative agency, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), was asked by the Attorney General of British Columbia to review the case with the new video in consideration.[11]

In a June 25, 2013 media statement, the Criminal Justice Branch announced that ASIRT had completed its investigation and on June 24, 2013, the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, M. Joyce DeWitt-Van Oosten, had appointed a prominent Vancouver lawyer, Mark Jetté, as special prosecutor to decide on the basis of ASIRT’s report and further investigation, if necessary, if charges would be laid against any of the officers involved in the incident. If a decision were made to prosecute then Mr. Jetté would conduct the prosecution. Ms DeWitt-Van Oosten concluded that it was necessary to appoint a Special Prosecutor to avoid any potential for real or perceived improper influence in the administration of criminal justice in reviewing the ASIRT report.[12] The BCCLA applauded the B.C. government for their June 2013 decision to appoint a Special Prosecutor to reconsider laying charges in the Boyd case. [13] (In December 2010, following the conclusion of the Coroner’s Inquest, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association had called for a Special Prosecutor to be appointed but this request was rejected at that time).

On October 28, 2013, the Criminal Justice Branch announced that the special prosecutor had decided that no charges would be laid against Chipperfield in this case. Because the intent of Chipperfield’s actions, i.e. to shoot and kill Boyd, was not in dispute the only charge that would have been appropriate was one of second degree murder. However, the prosecutor reasoned that the defense of self-defense would likely succeed because of the requirement that the prosecution establish beyond a reasonable doubt that Chipperfield knew he was shooting an unarmed and severely wounded man who did not pose a threat of death or serious injury to Chipperfield or others.[14] Some of the police officers and civilian witnesses present at the time of the fatal shot testified that Boyd was crawling at the time he was killed and did not present a threat to any other person. Others testified that although he was crawling he did present a threat, and still others said that he was walking and upright up until the final shot. There was similar differing testimony regarding whether or not he was armed. While the video may support some of these testimonies more than others, as a whole they could be used by the defence to attempt to establish that a reasonable person could believe that Boyd posed a threat at the time of his death. For a discussion of the meaning of “reasonable doubt”, see:,[15] where there is an extensive section concerning the meaning of the term in Canadian criminal law as interpreted by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Memorial

The Ed, Edd n Eddy sixth-season episode “Look Before You Ed”, the final episode of the series, is dedicated in Boyd’s memory and features a memoriam at the end of the episode stating, “Paul Boyd. 1967-2007. We miss you, you big lug.”

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