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I took this photograph of a woman being arrested and taken away yesterday in front of the Sunrise Hotel on Hastings Street. She weighed probably well under 100 lbs and presumably was behaving erratically on the street. There are in fact two more officers in behind the scene who are not visible. She was terrified. At one point the officer in front pushed her head down and she screamed while the other officer in the back put cuffs on her. Is there any other way to help people with mental illnesses? Photo copyright Gabor Gasztonyi.
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In his notice of claim, Moonie cites a previously unpublished decision by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Kathleen Ker, who stayed 10 firearm and drug-related charges against him in April because of the force’s “blatant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
A Downtown Eastside homeless man says Vancouver police threw him to the ground, punching and kicking his face, while arresting him for allegedly stealing a bicycle tire in Olympic Village in September.
Travis Dunford, 36, says he was arrested on Sept. 24, suspected of stealing a bicycle tire near the Tap & Barrel Pub.
Dunford, who admits committing petty theft to feed a heroin habit, alleges that, even after he was in handcuffs, with his face pushed to the ground, officers continued to kick him.
“I dropped the tire on the officer’s foot. Next thing I know, my face is on the ground like a cheese grater. They’re kicking me,” said Dunford.
The Pivot Legal Society has taken over the case, and is asking witnesses to come forward. Lawyer Douglas King said Dunford suffered more than just cuts and bruises.
“The most serious of his injuries is to the left eye, which was almost completely swollen shut, the day after this occurred,” said King.
“All of this suggest that a moderate degree of force was used against him.”
Vancouver Police Sgt. Randy Fincham said the incident occurred around 11:00 p.m. PT, when police confronted and attempted to take into custody a man suspected of stealing a bait bicycle they had set out.
“During that incident the person that was riding the bicycle, after refusing to follow police commands, fell … or was taken to the ground by police, where that person did sustain an injury,” said Fincham.
According to Fincham, paramedics attended the scene, and that person was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Fincham also stated the injury was reported to the VPD Professional Standards Section, and the following day it was also reported to the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner.
King said incidents like Dunfords don’t move forward because these complaints are investigated by police, instead of the independent office.
“Police have their own version of events. Without an independent system of investigation.. the only people who are successful are the ones with video footage or someone who can back up what they say.”
King estimates for every one caught on video, a dozen aren’t, which he said can lead to police brutality going unreported.
The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner provides independent civilian oversight of complaints involving municipal police in B.C.
Without a witness, the case doesn’t qualify to be investigated by the independent investigation organization.
A former cop with an exemplary record is going public about what he calls corruption in Edmonton police ranks, after he tried internally to expose what he believes is organized brutality, but got no results.
“I stood up for what’s right, and I just got run out of the police service,” said Derek Huff, 37. “I still can’t even really believe it.”
Huff is a 10-year-veteran who resigned in February, three years after he said he and his partner watched — stunned — as three plainclothes officers viciously beat a handcuffed man while he was down.
“They basically had their knees on his back and were just punching and kicking him just as hard as they could …six fists just pummelling this guy … I could hear him screaming,” said Huff. 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