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New Investigation Into The Police Shooting Death Of Animator Paul Boyd

A new video has surfaced that shows the Vancouver police department shooting Paul Boyd to death. Boyd was a director on Ed Edd n Eddy and animated the show’s opening titles.

We reported the story back in 2007. The Vancouver police claimed that Boyd, who suffered from mental illness, was assaulting them with a deadly weapon. He was shot eight times by policeman Lee Chipperfield, who was never held accountable for the shooting.

Witnesses of the shooting contradicted the police reports; one witness said that Boyd was on his knees and compared the shooting to an execution. The Globe and Mail reports that the video supports eyewitness accounts and shows an unarmed Boyd crawling toward police officers. It has prompted the Vancouver police department to ask an independent investigative body in Alberta, Canada to review the case again.

  • thats horrible…

    • But not that unbelievable by now, sadly.

    • Anti

      I find it even more disturbing that murderer Chipperfield is now part of that department’s forensic identification unit. Now he’s personally handling that department’s forensic materials, which means he has more than enough opportunities to tamper with it. I won’t be surprised if he already has done that.

  • annonoumys

    Holy Sh*t!

  • buh

    damn, glad this is being reopened. and thanks amid for not inserting too much editorial :)

  • I’ve no intention whatsoever to open that video, but I hope Justice can finally be done on this case.

  • I was a producer at International Rocketship in Vancouver, BC, where Paul got his start in the animation industry. I saw him rise from the ink & paint department, to assistant animator to key animator. He was a self-taught natural talent. Some of his most impressive animation was for our production of GARY LARSON’S TALES FROM THE FAR SIDE television special. He was a very kindhearted man and a gentle soul. It was so sad that he was having trouble with his bi-polar condition and so damn tragic what happened to him that fateful night when he encountered the Vancouver Police Department. It is sickening. I truly hope that reopening this case will bring the proper justice Paul Boyd and his family deserves.

  • The Gee

    If the video IS of the actual shooting, label it…if only as a courtesy to those who may think twice about watching it.

    I know this thing is the Internet and as long as it is “safe for work” viewing, it is okie dokey, alright but…..still…..if it might disturb someone to see it, let them consider that…

    • Jason

      Maybe it might be good to be ‘disturbed’ with how our enforcement deals with issues.

      • The Gee

        I know what you are saying and I do know what kinds of atrocities can happen. But, I’m not getting into that. Okay?

        I suggested it from a publishing standpoint.

        I definitely didn’t bring up a disclaimer from an advocacy standpoint.

      • The Gee – The video is clearly labeled “VPD Shoot Paul Boyd.” There’s no explicitly graphic blood or gore to warn people about. But if you click on a video that’s labeled as a shooting, that’s probably what you’ll see. I really don’t know how it could be labeled any more clearly.

      • The Gee

        I understand.

        ”… a video that’s labeled as a shooting, that’s probably what you’ll see.”

        Admittedly, I got that because I’ve seen enough–no, a lot of local news broadcasts to know what to expect. Seeing a person get shot, for real, is just real. I didn’t know him but I have known people who were shot and killed. That’s probably partially where I’m coming from.

        I suppose it just seems like explicitly stating that it might be something people may choose to not watch is probably a good idea.

        Believe me, I can see how even the suggestion seems condescending to either you or to others. We’re all quite likely adults here. But, even though there is no style guide for blogs or for the Internet, it didn’t seem too far fetched to consider it.

        That said, I’m sure if it were extremely gruesome footage you would have chosen to label it as being so. But, someone being killed…for real…I guess maybe it is just me who would label it online.

        (and, for what it is worth “Gee” is fine. Prefacing it “The” seems so formal…sigh…hindsight, don’tcha know?)

      • The Gee

        ”…The video is clearly labeled…”
        When i wrote the suggestion, I thought you were referring to how you described it. But, you also mean the video that is embedded. I get that now.

        I block Flash so I only see the MP4 version which isn’t labelled and which just shows the poster frame, no description or controls. You have to mouseover it to see a title for a video. (Maybe I’m the only person who blocks Flash and surfs the web. You know how the internet works. Sometimes it is just unique configs of one person. )

        So, I don’t always see the same thing you see when viewing the site. For instance, the Bottle Water animation just shows up as two gray rectangles. With a Flashblocker someone has to choose to let the videos load.

        I’m sorry I didn’t realize it earlier or I could have cleared up that confusion.

        This entire story was frustrating in 2007; it is still frustrating.


    i’ m shocked!

  • Toonio

    Vancouver police and RCMP are the most dangerous and twisted security enforcement departments in Canada (google is your friend). Way too many preventable deaths in their closets.

    So stay clear from them and you should be fine.

  • Billy Batz

    never crawl towards the police,they are scared of you.

  • SKent.

    “They had made a decision to kill this man and they shot him and shot him and shot him until he could not do anything at all,” Menzies said.

    chilling. And judging by the video, accurate.

  • AaronSch

    At first glance, it sure looks like an extreme use of deadly force. However, don’t forget what actions contributed to Mr. Boyd’s demise.

    On the night of Aug. 13, 2007, police received several 911 complaints of a male causing a disturbance and assaulting a man on the city’s busy south Granville Street. Witnesses said Mr. Boyd took down one of the officers after repeatedly striking him with the lock and chain. The situation unfortunately escalated and another officer tried unsuccessfully to bring Mr. Boyd down with a baton.

    The excuse was that Mr. Boyd was bipolar. Yeah, right. Unfortunately, even a successful animator with a sweet smile can be a thug.

    • Marko

      I agree, summary execution is an appropriate punishment for being a ‘thug’.

    • Scott

      Why do you believe that story? Of course the police would fabricate excuses for their actions.

      Was Mr. Boyd causing a disturbance? No doubt. Did he do anything else the police claimed he did, well you certainly can’t trust the killers to tell anything except a story that makes them look good. It’s not in their best interests.

      • AaronSch

        Follow the links and read the news accounts from eyewitnesses. You don’t have to believe the police report. I’m sure an independent investigation will reveal much more. But Mr. Boyd was certainly no angel.

      • Daniel

        You’re right, we should execute everyone who gets out of hand. Mental conditions or alcohol, just shoot them because they’re certainly not angels.

    • anonymous

      Regardless what you think about the police actions, Paul was not a “thug” and bipolar is not an “excuse” but a serious condition. I knew him and saw him just a day before it happened, he was under a lot of stress and not well. I think an important point to be made is not only that he indeed was a nice person, but this was clearly a rare outbreak caused by a severe state of anxiety, and not at all a conscious habitual violent behavior for which he could be called a “thug”.

  • Julian

    I’m no expert on the justice system in Canada, but something tells me it’s not right with all these witnesses and a recording, that this officer has yet to be charged with a crime.


    bullits are no solutions, they were other ways to nail the guy down even though he might have been that night a threat he didn’t kill somebody. to my opinion the last bullit was an execution.( eight to nine cops couldn’ t handle this situation?!!! )

  • Ferdinand

    In Germany, the police get into big trouble if they kill anyone. Usually, the policeman has to justify himself in court, even if the killing was unavoidable.
    A shot to the leg stops most people anyway. In this case, a policeman shot him 8 times, aiming at the head in order to avoid getting hit by a bicycle chain? 8 times? At his head? Seriously? A confused man who runs around hitting people with a chain most likely doesn’t wear body armor. He probably was dangerous and had to be stopped that night, but shouldn’t the police know how to shoot someone without killing them? Unbelievable…

  • Nate

    It’s hard to argue against the initial shooting. He had injured several police and was armed and out of control

    However, after being shot a few times he dropped to the ground for several seconds and then began to crawl on his hands and knees across the street while surrounded by police. This is when one of the officers, after being told not to shoot, calmly placed a bullet into Paul’s head.

    Should this officer still be patrolling the streets with a gun?

    • SKent.

      In an ideal world I don’t think regular police officers patrolling the streets should carry a gun on their person – as is the case in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, and a few other jurisdictions. This forces them to deal with situations more creatively. As one cop said ‘you’d be surprised what a whistle can do’. Of course when the situation demands it, armed officers can be called in.

      When you have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. You get this lazy ‘stop or I’ll shoot’ mentality. And look at this guy – by the end, as slowly as he was crawling he ‘wouldn’t stop’, and so they apparently felt he had to be shot into compliance.

  • Face

    but HOW is this NOT a murder?!

    • Giahead33

      Every time a police officer shoots and kills someone it’s considered a homicide until the justice system clears them in it as self defense…..this though, that “cop” needs to be fired and brought up on murder charges….f’n disgusting….i’m NEVER going to Vancouver!!!

  • e

    this is sick

  • Ben

    So sad and wrong.

  • Bob

    It’s time that we realize that the police are a licensed criminal class.

  • OtherDan

    Terrible. With conflicting remarks like “He was a very kindhearted man and a gentle soul”, to “But Mr. Boyd was certainly no angel” there is no way for anyone who didn’t know him personally to judge the man. I know plenty of dick-heads but I wouldn’t condone killing them. What is so obvious in the video is that he didn’t have to be murdered-plain and simple. All those officers could have apprehended that crawling man and spared his life and the pain his family and friends surely have to endure. No matter how you look at it, it’s terrible.

  • Moopfish

    The most talented are the most mentally distressed. It’s the blessing and curse of creativity.
    Some people are better functioning than others.

    There is no excuse for how this ended. He was on his knees and unarmed. They could’ve sat on him, cuffed him, and took him to the loony bin.

    No f*cking excuse for this.

    • Gerard de Souza

      “The most talented are the most mentally distressed. It’s the blessing and curse of creativity.”

      I’ve heard this stereotype many times before.
      Not true. I’m guessing creative people are in keeping with “regular” people’s stats as far as mental illness.

      It’s just that creative people will generally express what they are going through more openly, I’m guessing. Expression through work and/or day-to-day living compells the artist.

      God bless the Boyd family. R.I.P. , Paul.

      • Statistically speaking, it is true. Higher creativity correlates with higher rates of certain mental illness, including bipolar disorder. Now, obviously, there are plenty of mentally well-adjusted creative people, but there is strong evidence that the same open-mindedness that allows for greater creativity also allows the mind to be more easily damaged.

      • Gerard de Souza

        Ok…for now…reluctantly….

        I’m looking for research to support my theory ;)

  • Griminy

    Those of us who knew Paul well knew a talented intelligent big puppy-dog of a great guy.
    It’s a shame that the default position of police is aggression.
    He had the biggest laugh I’ve ever heard.
    Huge shame.

    • Wootie

      You said it Grimmer. We loved that laugh.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Of some interest, here’s a CBC Radio report on the event.

  • I used to be military police, for quite a few years, and will possibly be going back to it in the reserves next year. That being said… I have been through a LOT of law enforcement training and have been through a LOT of criminal justice courses throughout my career (though obviously American, not Canadian). There is a such thing known as the escalation of force, or the ladder of force, where in order for one form of force to be authorized the form of force prior to it must have been reached by the assailant (Verbal, physical takedowns, taser, oc spray, baton/asp, and finally deadly force). Steps on the ladder may be skipped if they are unavailable (if the officer is not trained to use a taser and is therefor not certified to carry it), but every step must be used with extreme discretion. If someone physically attacks a police officer with, lets say- a bike chain, the officer cannot jump his entire ladder of force straight to deadly force. He must use every means available besides that to take down the assailant.

    Having watched the video, I do not believe that the police officer had any right to fire his sidearm at the assailant. He was crawling on the ground, bike chain or not, and he was surrounded by multiple police officers who would have been MORE than capable of disarming and detaining him. The police officer also used, what I would call ridiculously excessive, excessive force. No where in police training does it say to shoot at someone until they stop moving. Once to immobilize in an extremity, such as the arms and legs, but not eight times in the chest and head. The police officer should undoubtably be removed from the force and subjected to the criminal justice system.

    Sorry I hadn’t seen this story earlier! Though I doubt many will be able to read this post now, so late.

  • smackrock55

    There is no excuse for what is seen in this video. This is disgusting and only further shows why I no longer trust any police officer. Far too many are corrupted and abusive of their position.

    This post needed moderation? No swears or even anything remotely dirty, yet it needs moderation? Sad.