Aug 04 2007
Now we just have to wait for the Anti-Poverty Committee to denounce the cops as militarist thugs bent on denying panhandlers their civil rights.
Still, most Vancouverites are certainly looking at the world with a slightly less pessimistic eye tonight. The vicious jerk who beat up the old man in the church so that he could help himself to a more generous “donation” is now in police custody, charged with robbery.
As reported widely in local and national media, the 79-year old victim was in the process of giving the panhandler five dollars for the fifth consecutive day when he was pushed to the ground and robbed by the ungrateful dickhead.
Meanwhile, the Mayor’s latest boilerplate about the need to deal with the root causes of panhandling as well as the continued need for law enforcement seem a bit, well… lame.
Vancouver-Burrard MLA Lorne Mayencourt ought to get kudos for asking the obvious: “Why is that that person gets to stay on the steps of that church and harass the parishioners? … Where the heck are the police? They should have been dealing with this months ago.”
Years ago, actually.