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By Jason Proctor, CBC News Posted: Dec 05, 2013
Paraplegic man suing City of Abbotsford after being subjected to degrading treatment by police..
The Abbotsford Police Department is reviewing its policies for interactions with disabled prisoners after a blistering B.C. Supreme Court judgment said that officers who arrested a paraplegic man subjected him to ”inhumane,” ”degrading” and “outrageous” treatment.
Ryan Austin Moonie launched a civil claim against the department this week for breaching his right to life, liberty and security under Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
In his notice of claim, Moonie cites a previously unpublished decision by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Kathleen Ker, who stayed 10 firearm and drug-related charges against him in April because of the force’s “blatant disregard” for his human dignity. Continue reading
CBC News Posted: Aug 1, 2013
In a claim filed today in B.C. Supreme Court, Atoya Montague alleges Insp. Tim Shields abused his position of authority over her to commit acts of sexual assault.
The governments of British Columbia and Canada are also named in the lawsuit.
Montague held a senior civilian position within the RCMP’s B.C. communications division, where she worked with Shields.
She alleges that in 2003 while driving to the B.C. Interior with Shields he made unwanted sexual advances toward her.
“While driving and in control of the vehicle, the defendant Shields, showed the plaintiff his erection through his jean shorts and made sexual advances towards the plaintiff, asking the plaintiff to have sex with him and advising her that he could easily pull over the car so that he could perform oral sex on her,” the lawsuit alleges.
Montague also claims Shields exposed himself to her in 2008 during a similar incident in a police car. Continue reading
THE CANADIAN PRESS July 16, 2013
The son of Stephanie Lane has filed a separate lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court alleging that the Vancouver police and the RCMP negligently contributed to Lane’s death and her son’s suffering.
Lane went missing in early 1997, just over eight months after her son — whose name is withheld — was born.
The DNA of the 20-year-old Metis woman was discovered on Pickton’s farm five years later.
The lawsuit claims both the Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP were aware a serial killer was attacking sex workers in the Downtown Eastside, but failed to investigate.
The children of four other women whose remains were found on Pickton’s farm launched separate lawsuits in May.
The Huffington Post | By Anna Almendrala & Sasha Bronner Posted: 07/14/2013
According to CBS Los Angeles, about 200 protesters stood on the southbound 10 Freeway in Crenshaw to block traffic. Protesters told NBC LA that the police fired rubber bullets in order to disperse the crowd and ended up arresting at least one person on suspicion of throwing rocks and bottles at an officer.
Ruth Fowler, an LA-based author and HuffPost blogger, was among one of the protestors on the freeway. In an email to The Huffington Post, Fowler described the scene as peaceful and happy. Continue reading
The Associated Press July 14, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO – Protesters angered by the acquittal of George Zimmerman held largely peaceful demonstrations in three California cities, but broke windows and started small street fires Oakland, police said.
The gatherings Saturday night ranged from a few dozen to a couple hundred people turning out to protest the verdict in the Florida courtroom over the death of Trayvon Martin, and police said some of the demonstrations continued into the early hours Sunday.
The Oakland police dispatch office said about 100 people protested, with some in the crowd breaking windows on businesses and starting small fires in the streets. As the protest wound down with the crowd dispersing, the office said that as of 2 a.m. PDT it had no word of any arrests. Continue reading