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Olympic protesters complaint to cops dismissed

Victoria’s Police Chief did not breach public trust, according to a June 16 Police Complaint Commission probe of Jamie Graham’s revelation that an undercover cop drove protesters to the first Olympic torch relay protest.

RCMP South East District Chief Supt. Don Harrison investigated comments made by Graham.

Graham revealed at the Vancouver International Security Conference last November that an undercover cop was at the wheel of a bus transporting Vancouver-based Olympic opponents on Oct. 30, 2009.

Harrison did not find evidence that the undercover cop was a Victoria officer. The report said Graham claimed the comments were “made spur of the moment and meant to be entertaining and humorous, nothing more.”

Graham claimed he did not know the conference was open to the public.

The security operation during the torch relay launch included officers from Victoria, Vancouver and the RCMP.

Complainant Bruce Dean of Victoria wanted Graham fired for the comments. Dean complained about police conduct over the 1998 seizure of his camera by a Victoria cop who deleted photographs of undercover officers.

Bob Mackin reports for Vancouver 24 Hours.

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