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Video shows Vancouver police shoot man with beanbag gun

WARNING: This story incorporates distressing particulars.

A video shared on social media Thursday afternoon shows Vancouver police within the Downtown Eastside encompass a man who falls to the bottom after photographs ring out. Moments later, a canine seems to be attacking the man.

In a press release to CBC Thursday night, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) mentioned officers used a beanbag gun on the suspect, and that they used “lawful, measured, and applicable use of pressure.”

They mentioned officers noticed the man standing close to the doorway to the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) constructing on East Hastings Street within the Downtown Eastside, and tried to arrest him for an unrelated crime.

“The man on this video is a high-risk and violent offender with a historical past of armed robberies, assaulting police, and drug trafficking,” reads the assertion, which works on to say the man assaulted a VPD officer in March 2021.

Cait Spence, neighborhood organizer with Our Streets — a VANDU initiative — says she witnessed what occurred and that police might have de-escalated the state of affairs.

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She says she occurred to be assembly with different neighborhood advocates throughout the road from the place the incident came about.

“First I noticed about seven or so police officers attempting to detain somebody who was within the again a of a cab,” she informed CBC in an interview.

“The one that they have been trying to detain left the cab … put his palms up, put his palms on the cab and was displaying indicators of give up.”

She says the man wasn’t given instant entry to medical care.

Police have beforehand described beanbag shotguns “a protected and efficient less-lethal device” and “used as a substitute for deadly pressure and may be deployed towards an individual who’s appearing violently or displaying assaultive behaviour.” 

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In their assertion, VPD mentioned the man received right into a taxi and ordered the cabbie to drive, allegedly threatening to kill the motive force if he stopped.

They mentioned they pressured the taxi to a cease close to Gore and Keefer Streets, the place the cab driver fled.

The suspect stayed within the cab, then stepped out and confronted officers. They mentioned the suspect didn’t comply with orders to put on the bottom.

In the video, the man may be heard telling police to shoot him.

Police mentioned an officer shot the suspect utilizing a beanbag gun when the suspect “turned away and motioned again towards the rear door of the taxi.”

According to police, the man resisted arrest after falling to the bottom, and a police canine was launched “to realize full management so the man might be handcuffed.”

Police mentioned the suspect, who stays in custody, was handled for the canine bites and is ready to face “a number of new expenses.”

The incident is the newest in quite a lot of violent altercations involving Vancouver police. In October, 42-year-old Ojibway man Chris Amyotte died after police shot him with beanbag rounds.

Police presence ‘makes folks afraid: advocate

As a part of her work with Our Streets, Spence has been concerned in a marketing campaign, partnering with the City of Vancouver to empower folks dwelling in tents on the Downtown Eastside to care for their neighbours and maintain one another protected.

She says commonly seeing violent arrests and open use of pressure by police makes everybody within the neighbourhood really feel uncomfortable.

“The means that individuals speak about it’s, ‘Any communication with a cop can result in that,'” she mentioned.

“It makes folks afraid and it lets folks know that this neighbourhood is finally run by the police.”

Spence says she’s gotten into the behavior of filming police when she sees a state of affairs involving officers that appears prefer it’s beginning to escalate.

She says she felt police had a chance to de-escalate the incident on Thursday when the man had his palms within the air, and that she took out her telephone to report when she noticed extra officers arrive on the scene.

Police say British Columbia’s Independent Investigation Office (IIO), which is known as to analyze any police communication that results in demise or severe hurt, will likely be notified.



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