The pressure continues to grow for Doug McCallum to resign from being Mayor of Surrey.
New court documents released by Global News on Friday May 20, 2022 launched a court challenge. According to Global News the documents reveal Doug MacCallum was ‘not pinned’ by a vehicle.
Dan Burnett, a media lawyer with the firm Owen Bird, told Global News the document indicates that “the officers had viewed videotape — some of which they were still seeking, but they had viewed some — and the story on the videotape, the officers believed, did not match up with what Mr. McCallum was saying.”
Mayor Doug McCallum has been under fire to step down and not return to office since he has been tangled in a court case. He is currently being charged in a public mischief charge because he claimed to have been hit by a car in a Save-On-Foods parking lot on Sept. 4, 2021.
McCallum was charged in December 2021 with public mischief after claiming he had been hit by a car on Sept. 4, 2021 in a Save-On-Foods parking lot
“McCallum provided a version of events that has been partially disproved based on the statement provided (by the driver) … and the video surveillance obtained from the Save-On-Foods,” investigators stated, in part, in the documents.
Global News was able to obtain court documents that included medical records surveillance footage and interviews. The police investigation even included a search warrant for McCallum’s running shoes worn the day of the alleged incident
McCallum alleged he was hit by a car in the Save-on Foods parking lot in South Surrey, he claimed it “clipped my knee” and “ran over my foot” before driving away on Sept. 4, 2021 during a dispute with group opposing the city’s transition to a municipal police force, he told Global News two days later.
While some redactions were made in the document that was unsealed on Friday, it states in part that “McCallum said in a statement that he was pinned up against his vehicle … The video surveillance shows McCallum was not pinned up against a vehicle.”
Another section states: “McCallum said in his statement that after his foot was run over, he walked over … limping. … Surveillance video shows him walking in the same manner that he was walking prior to the incident.”
Officers inspected video tape in the case, according to the ITO, and it doesn’t match up with what McCallum has previously alleged, according to Owen Bird lawyer DanBurnett.
Surrey taxpayers are still paying McCallum’s legal bills.
Surrey Coun. Jack Hundial, a former police officer, urged the embattled mayor to step aside. During a Global News interview.
“This man needs to step down,” he said in an interview Saturday. “Voters and taxpayers are tired of this behaviour. It comes to be a black eye for the City of Surrey.”
According to Global New, Doug MacCallums media relations officer said he will not speak on the matter while it is before the courts.
Doug McCallum was successful with the help of his friends to win the vote to ban ethics investigations and court cases until after the next election. McCallum’s trial for public mischief is set for October, two weeks after the next municipal election. He has pled not guilty because none of the charges have been proven in court.