[ View the story "'I was assaulted by Vancouver police'" on Storify] 'I was assaulted by Vancouver police' Video of violent arrest draws the ire of city residents.
The Stream· Mon, Apr 01 2013 11:42:56
HD: Original: VPD Officer punches out man for "resisting" arrestMike Schwarz
questioned the officer's use of force.
Whether resisting arrest means fighting officers or not is irrelevant to whether punching him in the face was in any way necessary (it wasn't).youtube.com
Not hating on a guy but if you make it difficult for cops to put cuffs on you, of course they are going to go harder! Main point, just let them cuff you, you're going to make it worse by arguing.youtube.com
Two days after the incident, Andishae Akhavan, the cyclist, gave his account.
Andishae Akhavan Talks About Getting Punched in the Face by a Vancouver Police Officeractuelnewschannels
A day after the video was posted, an anonymous user created a Facebook group called
I was Assaulted By Vancouver Police. The group aims to facilitate conversation about law enforcement amongst Vancouver residents.
Snapshot of Facebook pageAJstream
The group has been sharing videos and articles to chronicle previous cases of questionable police activity. One of the elements posted was a response framework used to train police officers on the use of force.
Several discussion threads started in response to the group's call outs.
Gord Smedley questioned the internal review process used by police departments.
There is only one way to begin a healing process for the VPD, RCMP, other police forces and their tattered reputations. The practise of police investigating their buddies in uniform must cease immediately.facebook.com
In response, a few highlighted the need for citizen oversight and police education.
It's high time we created an independent citizen lead inquiry into police misuse/abuse of power. Not an inquiry lead by other police or rcmp - but by average citizens of Canada.
Start by educating cops about the rights and freedoms of the citizenry, including the content and meaning of them, the limits on them, and the limits on the limits of them (i.e. when they can and cannot be limited). Then, take breaches very seriously. Discipline those who cross the line, and in repeat cases, ensure they work only in positions where they aren't a danger to the public.Sasha Wiley
Another Facebook user underscored the role of video in holding the police accountable.
I'll be way more nervous now when being approached by an officer. Everyone should have their phones out ready to film when an officer approaches them. It's the only way we can guarantee our safety and justice. Daniel Cook
Drawing from personal experiences, others expressed frustration towards law enforcement.
Last night, as during almost every night, I saw police officers with chevrons and fancy badges pointlessly harassing a poor person sitting quietly on the street - near Commercial and Vendables. <br> Citizen oversight might not be enough, but it would be a start.
The police always cry "concerned for police safety", tell me... who's the threat? The drunk on a bike or the person with 30 live rounds of ammo? Who's more of a threat, the stoner hippies or the riot cops?? When did we start allowing the police to beat people up and get paid for it? When did we start paying them, with our tax dolllars, to beat us up?facebook.com
User highlighted the racial implications of police brutality.
I was assaulted, threatened, arrested, thrown to the ground. Then released as they had the wrong guy. These cops in BC judge you on stereotypes. If you dark skinned and have money or driving flashy cars they assume its illegal or stolen.facebook.com
The Vancouver Police Department plans on
whether the video depicts police misconduct. Amidst prevailing criticism, some took to the department's
page in support.
A momentary error in judgement under duress does not make a bad police officer, it just makes him human... support VPDDavid Stevenson
Last time I checked, ALL persons are innocent until proven guilty, however this appears to be another case of the police being guilty until proven innocent.....Jody Fritz Key
Not condoning any action taken. But the male in custody was resisting, and resisting in a way which could be taken as reaching for his pocket! Which could be read as a threat. Let's judge on all the facts and not a short video!!Matty Hope
Dingleberry is wrong. Police are not the enemy. They are your service providers. The police service. Respect the police that are good. Fire the bad ones. Kaylee Stevens