Jan 23 2010

Police Brutality

Published by at 11:32 pm under crime,Vancouver

The cops are acting like thugs — again.

Wu – who speaks very little English – said through a translator that the officers had pulled him outside the house and set upon him as soon as he opened the door.

As the officers apparently cannot claim self-defence in this case, they should no longer work for the police, said Wong.

“The officers should be fired and if they are not fired the chief of police should resign because he’s not in control of his boys,” Wong told CBC News.

Wu, 44, said doctors told him he had suffered fractures in the bones around his eye, which was swollen shut. He also sustained bruises to his knees and to his back, where he said the officers had struck him several times.

When are out-of-control cops going to get investigated by someone other than their buddies on the force? It’s insane that after the investigation of the Robert Dziekanski death at YVR and other incidents, we’re still waiting for justice and a fair process.

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5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Police Brutality”

  1. Geoff Sommerson 24 Jan 2010 at 8:22 am

    You should check out Bill C-472, the RCMP Oversight Act, which was introduced as a Private Member’s Bill in the last session of parliament.

    It proposes to create a Civilian Investigation Service that would be in charge of investigating any incidents of death or serious bodily harm occuring in RCMP custody. An idea well past its due.

    here is a link to the bill:
    http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Docid=4198730&file=4

    and here is a link with more information and news articles on the initiative:
    http://nathancullen.com/news/article/civilan_oversight_of_the_rcmp_act/

  2. jnarveyon 24 Jan 2010 at 10:03 am

    That bill would be a good start… but would not affect the Vancouver Police Department, which is different from the RCMP.

    I’m actually a big fan of tough on crime, law and order platforms. I just want the officers enforcing the law to not be above the law. Throw the bums out and hire some decent cops who operate according to best practices, not their whims.

  3. Durwardon 24 Jan 2010 at 10:15 am

    Vancouver cops have a long history of abusive members, they are commonly referred to by many as the largest organized crime family in BC.

  4. NeilDon 24 Jan 2010 at 10:40 am

    I was in a small-town bar once when the place was raided. A friend of mine threw three one ounce baggies of grass under the table next to us and I figured we’d all be in trouble when one of the plain clothes detectives started checking under tables. When he got to the table next to us with the three baggies under it he bent down, scooped them up and put them directly into his pocket without giving us even a first look, let alone a second.
    I’ve never looked at cops the same way since.
    Ironically, another friend at the same table (we were all old friends) was a newly hired Montreal policeman who knew enough to remain quiet about what he had just witnessed.

  5. Adrianon 24 Jan 2010 at 12:35 pm

    At first I thought it was just an accident because early reports said he couldn’t speak English and tried to shut the door on the police, forcing them to break in because they thought he was resisting arrest. But then I read that it was two plain clothes coming at 2 a.m. and they didn’t issue any warning.

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