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Vancouver’s New Gang Colours

The police are the biggest, most organized and most dangerous gang in the province and Vancouver is its head chapter. Forget about the Hell’s Angels, the Mafia or the Muppets–they all operate below the radar, concentrate mainly on drugs and primarily target each other. The police, meanwhile, proudly show off their gang colours, are knee-deep in criminal activity and are the most violent form of social control that exists.

Nowhere is the situation worse than in Vancouver. Despite numerous murders and countless beatings, the only Vancouver officers punished for criminal negligence were the ones that beat the crap out of the drug dealers in Stanley Park–and only because another officer ratted them out. Amazingly, the two that got canned are now appealing their firing. But while Chief Constable Jamie Graham continues to throw a shit fit whenever anyone dares criticize his paramilitary posse, provincial politicians have done nothing to keep the cops in check.

“There hasn’t been a public inquiry called [into the Vancouver Police Department] by the provincial government despite the incredible amount of evidence brought before them,” says Katrina Pacey, a member of the Pivot Legal Society, which is pushing for a public inquiry after Graham claimed none of their 50 allegations of police abuse were founded. “There’s no pressure from the public because the people that tend to be targeted by the police are marginalized. It’s our position that the government should respond, not just because it’s an issue that’s going to gain them support in the public eye, but because it’s a human rights issue.”

British Columbia’s top cop, Solicitor General and warlord Rich Coleman, is a former RCMP officer who has armed Skytrain cops and rejected calls for a public inquiry into the death of Frank Paul. But perhaps Coleman’s greatest legacy is his inaction to change civilian oversight–the complaints commissioner and police boards–despite overwhelming calls for reform.

“I think the most important thing is the complaint system,” says Murray Mollard, the executive director of the BC Civil Liberties Association. “I express some disappointment with the provincial government’s lack of a timely response in reforming and fine tuning the [Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner] even though the original legislation came into effect in 1998.”

But Mollard does acknowledge that the Liberals made the right move when they appointed Dirk Ryneveld as complaints commissioner. Ryneveld is widely seen as tough but fair and is currently pushing for new legislation to embolden his office. The Liberals also received a major coup when BC Court of Appeal Justice Wally Oppal recently announced his decision to run for them in this election. The well respected judge led a massive provincial commission in the early 90s that looked into policing in BC and offered over 300 recommendations for reform–the majority of which have been ignored. However, whether Ryneveld and Oppal can get past Coleman’s soldiers is another matter.

“Obviously I’d be in favour of a more responsible type of policing and more decentralized type of policing and more policing…but again I want to remind you that it’s something the Solicitor General does,” said Oppal when asked if he would be pushing for police reforms if elected to office.

The NDP for their part have a much better track record with police reform, but it’s far from perfect. Jenny Kwan did present Pivot’s report to the legislature but the party has yet to make any mention of policing in their election campaign. While the complaints commissioner was created under the NDP’s watch, the party is just as guilty as the Liberals for failing to implement most of Oppal’s recommendations. Each party seems to need the police to keep the public in check. If a few heads get smashed, prostitutes go missing or drunks die, then it’s a small price to pay to keep the gang in business.

  1. Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco [Mes(-)Van Dongen] Buday

    NDP aren’t better and they are eager to refund things like Car 87 that Hansen ended up cutting after I complained to his office after my illegal “detainment” and hospitalization to his office (took as long as my second illegal “detainment.” By the way I am crimal record free, of course because of these abuses and the behaviour modification attempt I am “knonw to police.” If they admit it, or they were acting as real cops and not total fakes.

    “There is no such “condition” as “Schizophrenia,” but the label is a social fact and the social fact a political event*”—MDr. R. D. Laing, “The Politics of Experience;” Ch.5 “The Schizophrenic Experience” Pg. 121/122.

    Now-a-days a money making scheme for the hack spychiatrists.

    [“I think the most important thing is the complaint system,” says Murray Mollard, the executive director of the BC Civil Liberties Association. “I express some disappointment with the provincial government’s lack of a timely response in reforming and fine tuning the [Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner] even though the original legislation came into effect in 1998.”] The BCCLA doesn’t care about anything but press, funds, and class action lawsuits to pad their pockets. I called and complained and got just such a confession and was expected to write them and fax them some reason to drop this. Greed.

    C.O.P.E./Van-NDP’s Mayor Heir Larry Campbell promiced in a Mt. Pleasant Candidates meeting, said that he would Survaillance potential drug and crime suspects and then get a warrant in this order. I was outraged that he could say this and not be criticised at all.

    Regards,

    Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco [Mes(-)Van Dongen] Buday
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  2. david piney

    The current surreptitious use of emf technologies to undermine dissent in Canada is such a profound threat to democracy and personal security that all canadians could be awakened to realize the need for hierarchy reform—and thereby the establishment of fail-safe mechanisms to ensure social equity. Especially now, as we approach the end of the oil era, where I believe even the middle class will be largely flushed in a massive downsizing spree unprecedented in human history. This forfeiture of the historic balance of power arrangement, of necessity, implies the elite’s resort to a police state expediency in order to retain their own dominance.

    I hope you agree, and will take action for us to discuss these crucial issues.

    david.

    250-483-1417 - Jul 10, 07:23 PM

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