Thursday, July 2, 2015

Voters reject Translink tax increase by wide margin

Canada’s first-ever attempt to convince the public to agree to a sales tax for transit financing has ended in defeat.

Lower Mainland people who voted No outnumbered Yes voters, with a margin of 62 per cent to 38, in a vote that turned into a referendum on Translink, the region’s transit authority, and was overshadwed by anti-tax sentiment. Nearly 760,000 people voted in the mail-in plebiscite, giving the vote a turnout of 51 per cent -- higher than turnout for last November’s civic elections.
The No side, largely represented by Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, spent only $40,000 on its campaign.
The Yes side coalition, which include most of the region’s mayors, business organizations, labour groups, environmentalists and student associations, spent $5.8-million in cash, which doesn’t count the hours spent by staff or organization directors in working on the campaign.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/transit-results/article25228292/

Vancouver Deputy city manager Sadhu Johnston = Neer Do Well Tard


Sadhu Johnston
The translink plebiscite results will be released in an hour. While we wait on that foregone conclusion lets put them together for Vancouver Deputy city Manager Mr. Sadhu Johnston.

Our guy was directly responsible for a confrontation between Pot activists and Vancouver police at a Canada Day demonstration on Wednesday at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Four people were arrested.
“We’re not issuing a permit for the event,” said deputy city manager Sadhu Johnston. “There’s going to be construction work happening on the site at the time, so the site actually isn’t available to them. Hopefully they’ll get the message and it won’t proceed.”

Johnston said if organizers go ahead with the event, the city will co-ordinate with police on a response and take “appropriate action.
Mr Johnston made the jump from Chicago City Hall to Vancouver about 4 years ago. Johnston served as Mayor Richard Daley’s chief environment officer.

One wonders why a suitable Canadian candidate could not be found. Clearly the Chicago way of doing things doesn't jive with what goes through the head of the average Vancouverite. Last month deputy city manager Sadhu Johnston told organizers of the annual rally to take their show somewhere else.
Cannabis Day has taken place peacefully in downtown Vancouver for the past 20 years.

Pot enthusiast Jodie Emery says no one was doing anything wrong, “And the Vancouver Police moved in with pepper spray and assaults, and violently attacked activists at the protest and I’m shocked that taxpayer dollars are being wasted creating problems where we’ve never had problems before.”
Among those taken off to jail was Bert Easterbrook, the recipient of a police citation for being a hero during the Stanley Cup riot. On that occasion he helped stop rioters from burning a truck. The crowd turned on him and he was badly beaten up, all of which was caught on video.

http://www.theprovince.com/health/Vancouver+marijuana+activists+defy+city+clash+with+police/11180329/story.html



Friday, June 26, 2015

Translink Police lying about Stats ?

March 3, 2013. If a public company gave one set of sales numbers to its board of directors, another to its shareholders, and a third to its auditors the chit would hit the fan with gusto."Incredibly, that’s precisely what has happened with the Transit Police.

In late February, the union and police brass did a local media tour, trying to drum up support for their beleaguered force. The next week, they released crime statistics showing what a bang-up job they’re doing. Or not.
Comparing their 2010 crime statistics in the new report, released March 4, and last spring’s Vancouver Police Department (VPD) operational review, has revealed a significant problem – they don’t match.

The VPD review reports Transit Police investigated 592 violent crimes in 2010. The new report says 615 – an addition of 4 per cent. The VPD review claims Transit Police dealt with 1,065 property crimes in 2010. The new report says 1,229 – an addition of 15 per cent. And the VPD review says Transit Police dealt with 296 police obstruction issues in 2010. The new report says 359 – an addition of 21 per cent.

This statistical sweetening continues throughout several categories: 12 per cent more disturbances, 15 per cent more weapons possessions, 15 per cent more drug cases, 44 per cent more emergency health or fire assists and 29 per cent more disturbed persons. Astonishingly, a third set of 2010 crime numbers – with even fewer reported incidents than the VPD review stats – was given to the Transit Police Board in March 2011.
The combined violent and property crime rate on the transit system decreased by 6.8 per cent from 2008 to 2010. Sounds good, until you consider that the crime rate across the Lower Mainland as a whole decreased by 13.9 per cent. Over five years, the Transit Police is expected to grow 25 per cent.

No wonder the Transit Police were a 2013 finalist for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s (CTF) signature Teddy Waste awards, which recognize the governments, public office holders, government employees, departments or agencies that most exemplify runaway government waste."



http://beaconnews.ca/blog/2013/03/did-transit-police-sweeten-their-stats/

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Transit Police "takedown"

Yet another example where multiple six figure Translink "peace" officers are on duty yet without the assistance of real police (RCMP) they would be "good" for next to nothing.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Poodles on pogo sticks

TransLink helped sponsor the giant porcelain poodle public art project that cost $100,000. What does a giant porcelain poodle on top of an eight-metre-high pole have to do with transit?

TransLink approved spending $615,000 on public installations at three SkyTrain stations last year, despite complaints the money would be better spent on actual transit improvements. “The TransLink people are always crying for money from local government,” Delta Mayor Lois Jackson told the Burnaby News Leader. “But, on the other hand, they’re spending money as if it comes from a bottomless pit.”
http://www.theprovince.com/life/TransLink+seven+deadly+sins+installation+Compass+Card+snafu+just+couple+dubious+spending+decisions/10063961/story.html

Friday, June 19, 2015

Transit-tax plebiscite - the face of waste

"Now that the transit-tax plebiscite is over and the votes are being counted, it’s still shocking to realize how much of the public’s money was spent on the exercise. Well, spent on the Yes campaign, that is. The No side spent a measly $39,687.

But the Yes campaign spent an astonishing $5,814,851 — of public money — trying to convince voters to support the proposed half-point increase in the provincial sales tax within Metro Vancouver. Those plebiscite results are expected by the end of the month.

Jarvis earned a total of $483,625 in 2014, $15,610 more than his 2013 take home pay.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

Naverone Christian Landon Woods

“I just question the use of force so quickly.”

A concerned Surrey citizen is organizing a vigil at the Surrey Central sky train station for a man who was shot to death by transit police in the Safeway store on King George Highway.

Organizer Teresa Diewert says the family of 23 year old Naverone Woods will travel from Hazleton and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip will also speak.
Woods was shot by police shortly after 8 a.m. on Dec. 28, in the Safeway store at 10355 King George Highway. He was seen by witnesses banging his head against a wall at a Skytrain station and then a short while later, a convenience store clerk described him as agitated and demanding a knife.
Woods was next seen inside a Safeway shirtless and stabbing himself with a knife he grabbed at the grocery store. That's when police arrived and directed him to drop the knife, according to witnesses. When he didn't and moved towards the police officers, he was shot, police say.
"Nav was clearly upset and distraught," Bear said. "He was not himself. Despite what the media say, Naverone was not suffering from a mental illness. The family strongly denies these rumours."

She stated that Woods was admitted and discharged twice from Surrey Memorial Hospital on the day before his death. "We need to find out why he was admitted and more importantly, why was he discharged," Bear added.
She said that there are two scenarios that played out inside the Safeway store:
• Woods was standing stationary and stabbing himself, and not complying with the Transit Police officer's demands to drop the knife, so she shot him dead. "If this is the case, she was not authorized under the Criminal Code of Canada to use deadly force and needs to be held criminally responsible for her actions," she emphasized. "No one is above the law, not even the Transit Police."

• Woods was stabbing himself and then advanced toward the police officer with his knife and she shot him dead. "This is what the police allege," Bear said. "If this is the case, it only demonstrates that Nav was not himself. First, he would not have been stabbing himself. Second, he would not have advanced on a police officer."

She then revealed that at 11:30 p.m. the night before he was killed, Woods was picked up at a Surrey SkyTrain station unconscious or possibly having a seizure.
It was reported that Translink Police heard a call on RCMP radio and responded.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Why people hate Translink Police


Translink employs cops who like to beat people up. And sensible people think that’s bad, a crime and corrupt. No one wants to be terrorized on transit. Especially by the police themselves. Translink is known for crappy note taking and accusations of falsifying evidence, and sometimes has less than reliable recording cameras on vehicles, which makes them all look like a corrupt, dodgy, amateur police force.

So we should take a page out of the #BlackLivesMatter handbook: video record every time you see a Translink cop encounter a person. Every time! Even if nothing illegal or disrespectful happens, make them know that we are all recording them. All. The. Time. I’m not kidding.
And if you’re wondering about one particular reason why a lot of people didn’t vote or voted no in the Translink funding blackmail referendum, it’s because a lot of people think the Translink cops are violent thugs, looking for excuses to bully and attack people.

- See more at: http://politicsrespun.org/2015/06/why-people-hate-the-translink-police/#sthash.UVCkRMGq.dpuf

A lifelong transit user has said she is “absolutely disgusted” by a recent interaction she witnessed between TransLink police and a senior citizen. On August 19, Shirley Hall, a retiree and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, was riding the Number 16 bus west along East Hastings Street when two Transit Police Service officers boarded the vehicle and began checking tickets.

“There is some poor old geezer—I’d say he was about 70—and he had his walker and he didn’t have a ticket,” Hall recounted in a telephone interview. “So they said, ‘You have to get off the bus.’ “I said, ‘Look, I’ll pay for his ticket, I’ll pay his fare,’ ” Hall continued. “And they said, ‘No, you won’t. He has to get off.’ ” The man was evicted from the vehicle.

http://www.straight.com/news/415371/longtime-transit-riders-request-compassion-translink-cops

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Cpl. Eric Casebolt - "peace" officer pulls gun at pool party - Update II

Fox4News.com | Dallas-Fort Worth News, Weather, SportsMcKinney officer resigns due to actions in pool party video

McKinney Police Corporal Eric Casebolt has resigned after video showed him pushing a 15-year-old girl in a swimsuit to the ground and pointing his firearm at other teens. Casebolt's lawyer informed FOX4 of Casebolt's decision on Tuesday afternoon.

McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley said Casebolt's actions were “indefensible” during a Tuesday evening press conference. “He came into the call out of control and as the video shows was out of control during the incident.” Conley said. “I had 12 officers on the scene and 11 of them performed according to their training.”


A 19-year-old woman said racist comments at her McKinney pool party sparked the fight that led to a police confrontation caught on video that’s gone viral. The officer in the video has been placed on leave. Tatyana Rhodes, who is black, told a photojournalist that another woman, who is white, told her to return to her public housing before slapping her in the face. Rhodes said she, her mother and sister live in the Craig Ranch subdivision and hosted the party there.

“She was saying things such as, ‘black F-er,’ and ‘That’s why you live in Section 8 homes,’” Rhodes said in a video posted to YouTube.
That woman and another woman “attacked me,” Rhodes said. Rhodes spoke in a video that was posted to YouTube by Elroy Johnson, who identifies himself on LinkedIn as social media manager for Jambalaya Magazine.
Cpl. Eric Casebolt, a white police officer in McKinney, Tex., has been suspended after a shocking video emerged Saturday that shows the officer manhandling, arresting and drawing his gun on a group of black children outside a pool party.

The video captures a chaotic scene in a suburban community one hour north of Dallas that grows increasingly tense when the officer — identified as Cpl. Eric Casebolt — attempts to throw a young woman onto a sidewalk before using his body weight to push her head toward the concrete. Casebolt can be seen running through the confused crowd of young people while swearing and appearing to randomly handcuff teenagers, who protested that they’d just arrived at the scene to attend the pool party.
Casebolt, a 10-year-veteran of the police department, also serves as a vice president of McKinney’s police union, according to the group’s Facebook page. He received an award for “Patrolman of the Year” in 2008, according to the McKinney Courier-Gazette.

He has been identified as a onetime instructor at Executive Self-Defense and Fitness, whose Web site noted that — in addition to martial arts training — he has “a strong working knowledge of human behavior” and “experience in the use of all levels of force.”
Mckinney, Texas – Mckinney police department responded to a call at the Craig Ranch Community pool of ‘kids who didn’t belong in the area, refusing to leave’ and teenagers who were at the pool party supposedly having a fight with adults who had confronted the children trying to make them leave.

They dispatched nine patrol units to the neighborhood to deal with the situation.
Brandon Brooks, the white 15-year-old who shot the YouTube video, told BuzzFeed News many students had arrived at the end-of-school celebration at the pool on guest passes. “I think a bunch of white parents were angry that a bunch of black kids who don’t live in the neighborhood were in the pool,”

Promotional swearing-in and pinning ceremony: Chief Joe Williams; Corporal: Eric Casebolt
McKINNEY (Jan. 22, 2014) – The McKinney Police Department (MPD) promoted 17 officers at a City Hall ceremony on Monday, Jan. 13. Ten officers were promoted to Corporal, four Corporals were promoted to Sergeant, and three Sergeants were promoted to Lieutenant. All will report to the Patrol division.


http://www.mckinneyonline.com/January-2014/McKinney-Police-Department-Promotes-17-Officers/
https://murderbymedia2.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/nggers-create-chaos-in-gated-community/


http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/06/07/new-video-shows-texas-police-officer-pulling-gun-on-teenagers-at-pool-party/

Friday, May 8, 2015

SCBCTAPS - The Transit Police

In February it was announced that TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis is "stepping down effective immediately in an effort to “restore public confidence"

Jarvis’ contract with TransLink does not expire until 2016, and until then he will still earn his salary serving as an advisor to the board of directors.

TransLink spends $500K on 13 TV screens - June 6, 2012


2013 compensation ----> https://app.box.com/s/u4v1fmm90u08tu0ecifp1rs91gniksaq

Williamson, D - Police Support Clerk, Support Services $ 83,136.49
Vath, M - Quality Review Reader Support Services $ 78,091.93
Talbott,L Manager, Strategic Services Support Services $ 114,223.31

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May 29, 2015
Another old gent—slight of build and who could have been anywhere from 65 to 85 years old, with a long white beard and clothing that had seen better days—already sat near the front in the first single seat with a very large black plastic bag of bottles and cans. Binners like him commonly ride the buses, often cadging free rides, and they are a common sight on that bus as well as the #7 and #14.
One stop farther north, the doors opened and startlingly loud voices brought me up from my book with a start. They proclaimed from the front and side doors: "Okay, ladies and gentleman, please have your fares ready for inspection. This is a fare check." At least four transit cops were outside the bus; one got on in the front and two, I believe, came in the side. At least one stayed outside. They were mostly big, with body armour and guns.

The old man with the paper told one cop either that he didn't pay or didn't have a ticket (I only heard, "I don't..."). By way of explanation, he yanked his shirt out of threadbare pants, stretched his arms up, and pointed down to what looked like a chest bandage of some sort. Perhaps he had just been discharged from St. Paul's without money or tickets, not an uncommon situation.

Suddenly voices were raised and I turned just in time to see the bearded senior grabbing his bag of cans while the cop did the same, both of them grappling with the yielding plastic surface, with the cop seeming to get hold of the bottom and yanking upwards, upending its contents with a huge crash on the sidewalk. At least one glass bottle shattered. Immediately, that officer and one other, then another, flew at whitebeard, pushing him back and flinging him to the cement in the bus shelter behind, pinning his arms behind his back while his mouth was open in a silent scream.
This rail-thin elderly man was physically tackled by them—an out-and-out case of assault, to my mind—and possibly injured.

A good night's work, boys. A couple of real desperadoes taken out.

http://www.straight.com/news/461296/window-seat-transit-cops-flex-their-muscles-senior?done=#comment
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Transit Police constables Bruce Shipley (left) and Alfred Wong were found guilty Friday
VANCOUVER — Two Transit Police officers found guilty of assaulting a construction worker in 2012 will try to have the charges thrown out with a constitutional challenge based on an excessive delay of trial.

Consts. Bruce Shipley and Alfred Wong on May 29, 2015 were convicted of assaulting Jordan Dyck, 29, of White Rock, but not guilty of the two other charges they faced: fabricating evidence in the reports to cover up the assault and breach of trust.

As soon as Vancouver provincial court Judge Reg Harris finished reading out his lengthy decision that found the officers guilty of assault after a trial that stretched out over months, the officers’ defence lawyers immediately asked for more time for their new challenge. They and the Crown are to return on June 8 to book a court time for the constitutional challenge.
Dyck said he was aware the case could have had a different outcome if he hadn’t filed a complaint, especially since the officers had tried to have him charged with assaulting an officer, obstructing police and causing a disturbance. The officers continue on paid administrative duties.

http://www.theprovince.com/news/Transit+cops+found+guilty+assaulting+construction+worker+guilty+lying+about+their+report/11093675/story.html
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February 18, 2014

Ken Jansen
A Transit Police officer who was fired over accusations he assaulted a senior at Surrey Memorial Hospital in 2010 has been reinstated. An arbitrator has given Ken Jansen his job back. But Jordan Bateman with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says that decision could be a costly one for the public. “Now, we’ve seen this big reverse; this big win for him.”

“The people that are going to be punished the most are the taxpayers. If he gets his way, Transit Police is going to be on the hook for a big chunk of money; that’s a problem for those of us who have to pay the bill,” he explains. Jansen is seeking up to $120,000 in damages and legal fees from TransLink.
http://www.news1130.com/2014/02/18/transit-police-officer-fired-after-assault-claims-reinstated/
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September 4, 2014. Transit police are cracking down on fare evaders at high-volume stops across Metro Vancouver today as part of TransLink's campaign to cut its losses. Commuters at the Broadway-Commercial SkyTrain station were slowed down as over a dozen police officers checked bus and train riders for proof of payment and issued tickets with stiffer possible penalties that came into effect Monday.

"It does slow everything down, " said Brian Lightfoot. He estimated the checks added about five minutes to his commute. While research showed that most transit users had valid fares, TransLink spokesman Drew Snider said the company started checking fares on the "99 Freeline" buses last year after it determined the amount of "fare leakage" was too much.
Last year's fare-check campaign from Sept. 6 to Nov. 14 found that just less than two per cent of riders on the two main Broadway bus routes evaded fares during the average day.

Doug Allen
Translink’s interim CEO Doug Allen says fare evasion fluctuates around 4.5%, similar to other transit systems in North America.

His interim replacement, Doug Allen, will be paid $32,000 a month until a permanent replacement is hired. In other words, TransLink will now be effectively paying for TWO CEOs

Ian Jarvis
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Flashing your badge won’t get you special treatment. In fact, it will likely cost you.
That’s the lesson six police officers learned last year, according to the 2014 annual report from the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner.

Four Vancouver cops, a Transit Police officer and one from New Westminster all either flashed their badge or identified themselves as officers, in a bid to get out of trouble. In other incidents, three Transit Police officers were suspended for humiliating and embarrassing a female officer during a squad meeting. They were also to undergo Respect in the Workplace training. Their supervisor got the same punishment.
http://www.cknw.com/2015/04/14/flashing-the-badge-backfires-for-metro/
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September 14th, 2006. A blind man who claimed that he was assaulted by two SkyTrain police officers is asking what has happened to the complaint he filed. William Conway told the Georgia Straight that he last received an official update about his case on June 24. “The status is, I don't know,”  said the Sechelt resident who regularly travels to Vancouver with his guide dog to attend meetings of the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, where he sits as a board member.

Conway, who has been blind since he was eight, said nothing could have prepared him for the alleged February 22 assault following a night- time exchange of words with two SkyTrain constables at Joyce Station who questioned whether his German shepherd was a certified guide dog.
“They tried to break my wrist. They tried to choke me out of consciousness,”  said Conway, who recalled that he passed out for a few seconds and regained awareness after his dog began licking his face. He later found out that he suffered a gash on the leg.

http://www.straight.com/blind-man-claims-cop-abuse
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August 18, 2012. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling for the Transit Police force to be scrapped after documents reveal legal fees for the force have skyrocketed in recent years. According to a Freedom of Information request, the force paid $8,000 for legal advice for Transit Police officers in 2008. That number nearly doubled in 2009, and jumped to $300,000 in 2011.
Transit Police spokesperson Anne Drennan says the high fees in 2011 are due in part to an inquiry into an officer who hit a fare evader with a stun gun and says the legal fees are a necessary piece of having an accountable force. This year, Transit Police have already spent $149,000 in legal fees.

Drennan says it’s too early to predict the final tally for 2012.

Note ------> SCBCTAPS reported legal expenses of $ 564,598 in 2013, up 11% on the $ 508,146 in 2012.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/scrap-b-c-transit-police-says-taxpayers-group-1.1160004
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Tim Delaney
Tim Delaney - Mr. Delaney acts for TransLink’s captive insurer defending claims against the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority

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Mr. Wesson died before the matter could be heard in B.C. Supreme Court.
Gordon Wesson was riding the SkyTrain on January 11, 2011. As his new pass had not arrived in the mail yet, he approached transit police at the Olympic Village station to ask them if it was okay to ride. They said it wasn’t okay, that he needed to either pay a fare or leave. (note - the "grace period" for old handicap passes had not expired. It was "o.k." according to Translink policy).

Far from home and his destination, Wesson left the station and tried to board a city bus. But the officers saw him and, according to the police report, Officer Stanton Edward Hyde followed Wesson onto the bus, ordering him to get off. Wesson refused, and that’s when things got physical. Wesson, 63 years old and disabled, claims Officer Hyde ignored his protests about his health.

“I said I have a stroke in this hand (right) and he said, ‘I don’t care.’ He pulled (my arm) behind my back, because I can’t put it behind my back,” Wesson told Megaphone. “I told him I’ve had five heart attacks, and he didn’t even give a shit about my heart attacks. And I’ve got Crohn’s Disease. After an accident like that he could have killed me.”
“... the bigger issue is police accountability,” says King. “Without a working police complaint system, the only real way that police are going to get the message that they’ve done something wrong, and that their actions have consequences, is if there’s a judgment rendered against them.” http://www.megaphonemagazine.com/wrong_side_of_the_tracks_pivot_legal_society_to_file_suit_against_transit_cops
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May 30, 2011. Vancouver police taser, tackle, sword-wielding man who rode transit train for 10 stops. The man flashing the metre-long sword was obvious enough on the SkyTrain system that people called transit police to report his presence. But the man, later central to a 30-minute standoff with Vancouver police in the downtown core, travelled 10 stations on Monday between Metrotown mall and downtown Burrard Station.

"They received reports that he had a sword, and he was on SkyTrain sheathing it and unsheathing it, displaying it, showing it to people, acting irrationally," said Constable Lindsey Houghton of the Vancouver Police Department. He said the transit police would have to explain why they did not intercept the sword-wielding man en route into the city - a ride of at least 15 to 20 minutes that would have included a stop at bustling Commercial-Broadway Station.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/vancouver-police-taser-tackle-sword-wielding-man-who-rode-transit-train-for-10-stops/article2040401/
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June 8, 2012 - After being threatened with a ticket, an activist defends her right to distribute Fire This Time Newspaper at Commercial Drive Skytrain Station in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Acting sergeant supervisor D. Young of the Transit Police service eventually agrees that activists can continue their distribution based on the very clearly posted "Transit Rules".
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August 31, 2012. Police harassment and assault of activists distributing Fire This Time Newspaper at Metrotown Skytrain Station in Vancouver (Burnaby), BC, Canada.

The activists were released without charge but Transit Police confiscated their publication.

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April 6, 2011. The BCCLA has filed a policy complaint with the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner following a Transit Police officer barring a Skytrain passenger who declined to remove a button that said “Fuck Yoga”. The passenger had been removed following a fare check. When the passenger purchased a fare and attempted to return, the officer would not let her return because she would not remove the button.

“Wearing a button doesn't break the law. Transit's approach opens it to ridicule,” said Robert Holmes, President of the BCCLA.
https://bccla.org/news/2011/04/transit-police-try-new-role-as-fashion-and-thought-police/
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The South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Police Service (SCBCTAPS) is the police force for TransLink, the public transit system of the Metro Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada.

Formed in December 2005, the Metro Vancouver Transit Police is the only police force in Canada solely dedicated to transit. Transit Police officers have the same authorities and powers as other police officers while on and off duty. They are sworn in as designated provincial constables, with full police powers throughout the province.
As the only transit police force in Canada, there were concerns by transit employee unions and interest groups when the decision to arm members was made. In recent years, many arguments have been made that the Transit Police is not an effective use of TransLink's funding or police resources, as one of their primary duties is checking transit fares and issuing tickets.
The man shot and killed by a transit police officer in Surrey on December 28, 2014 was Naverone Woods, 23, according to the B.C. Coroner's Service.

The South Coast B.C. Transit Authority was called to Surrey Central SkyTrain Station where a man was reportedly banging his head against a wall and screaming.

Tracey Woods said Naverone, who lived with her and his stepbrother Ed Patsey for three years, had no history of mental illness. He graduated in 2009 and worked as a carpentry labourer with his dad and brothers before moving to Surrey. He had been working part-time in construction before he died.

http://www.interior-news.com/breaking_news/288592921.html
It has been reported that Woods left the Surrey SkyTrain Station before SCBCTAPS officers arrived and proceeded into a nearby Safeway Store. After hearing a call on RCMP radio, SCBCTAPS officers proceeded to the Safeway.
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Anne Drennan, the former VPD media relations queen, now the same at TransLink police ...

"In 2011, 19 of our members drew their firearms in 10 incidents. In 2012 thus far, 13 of our members have drawn their firearms in 8 incidents."
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Metro Vancouver Transit Police are changing the way officers deal with undocumented migrants during fare checks over the case of a Mexican woman who hanged herself while awaiting deportation. Lucia Vega Jimenez died in hospital in December 2013.
Weeks earlier, Transit Police stopped her for fare evasion and called Canada Border Services Agency, which arrested Jimenez when a database check showed she had been previously deported from the country.
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/transit-police-to-end-fare-check-agreement-with-cbsa-1.2246995
Vancouver's transit police force once boasted it had referred more undocumented migrants to federal immigration authorities than any other local police agency. Now the transit authority says it's not in the business of seeking out illegal immigrants.

"We're not in the business of seeking out illegal immigrants," said Transit Police spokeswoman Anne Drennan.
http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Cities+prefer+protect+undocumented/10869853/story.html
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In a stunning display of interference with a Provincial Legislative Initiative two officers refused to leave even when asked and were advised of their criminal behaviour. Cst Warren Chow #224 and Cst Gerald Guno #229, both Police Officers of the South Coast BC Transportation Authority, acknowledged they were unaware of the liability of their crime, up to 2 years in jail and or up to a $10,000 fine each
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation's B.C. Director Jordan Bateman uncovered a frightening incident where a Transit Police officer left explosives on a commercial jet liner following a dog training exercise -- and didn't notice for two full days. Global News, January 21, 2013.

Police patrolling Greater Vancouver’s TransLink system will continue to Taser “non-compliant” passengers and fare dodgers a news conference heard Friday.

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A video showing the last moments in the life of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski, who died after RCMP shot him multiple times with a Taser at Vancouver International Airport.

Transit police officer Const. Dan Dickhout
April 27, 2012. A B.C. transit police officer who abused his authority when he Tasered a fare evader has been suspended for two days without pay.

“The irresistible inference from the totality of the evidence . . . is that Const. Dickhout discharged the Taser because he was annoyed by Lypchuk’s behaviour, foul language and reluctance to promptly respond to various commands, and not because he believed that Lypchuk was committing a criminal offence.”

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/b-c-transit-cop-who-tasered-a-drunk-man-suspended-for-two-days-without-pay
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A White Rock construction worker allegedly assaulted by two transit police officers — who were also charged with fabricating evidence in the case — told their trial he did nothing to deserve the pepper-spraying and arrest.

Consts. Bruce Shipley and Alfred Wong were in Provincial Court in Vancouver on Wednesday for their trial on charges of assault, fabrication of evidence, two counts each of public mischief and breach of trust by a public officer.

The two officers are accused of assaulting Jordan Dyck, 29, on Feb. 9, 2012, on the Seymour Street steps of Granville Station and of altering their report into the incident.

He said it was unfortunate TransLink’s surveillance tapes, which were played in court on Tuesday, aren’t available to the public. Outside court, Dyck said the only defence the officers’ lawyers had was to ask him if he needed psychiatric care. He said the officers “kept insisting I was causing a disturbance”

http://www.theprovince.com/news/Transit+officer+changed+notes+after+complainant+asked+badge+number+prosecutor+suggests/10713086/story.html

Ken Jansen
A transit officer alleged to have used excessive force against a Surrey senior will now face a public hearing to determine if he will be dismissed. The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner announced Friday a public hearing would be scheduled to hear the case of Const. Ken Jansen of the South Coast B.C. Transportation Authority.

On April 22, 2010, Jansen and RCMP Const. Mitchell Spears were both involved in an incident at Surrey Memorial Hospital involving patient Robert Keith Booker. Booker, now 77, had been arrested under the Mental Health Act and was in police custody at the time of the incident. Jansen is alleged to have delivered knee strikes to Booker, as Spears allegedly restrained and used a Taser.

A transit police officer who was originally fired after beating an elderly man and jolting him with a Taser has been reinstated by a judge, but demoted and suspended without pay for 14 days. The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner ruled that Const. Ken Jansen filed a false report to justify using the Taser when the act occurred at Surrey Memorial Hospital April 2010. However, the adjudicator cleared the constable of discreditable conduct and abuse of authority.

The Crown alleged Booker was assaulted and Tasered during an unprovoked attack in an emergency ward waiting room. Booker was 73 at the time. Judge Ronald Lamperson, at Surrey provincial court, stayed criminal court proceedings against Surrey RCMP Const. Mitchell Spears and Transit Police Const. Ken Jansen on Wednesday after finding their Charter rights to a timely trial had been infringed upon by 22 months of court delays.

http://www.thenownewspaper.com/news/charges-against-cops-stayed-due-to-court-delays-1.513303#sthash.gE0442Cf.dpuf
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On February 3, 2015 it was announced that ... "Transit Police Officer Charged After Lengthy Investigation". On August 10, 2011, Constable Edgardo DIAZ and his partner, then Constable Michael Hughes, were involved in an incident at Rupert Street SkyTrain Station. An altercation which took place between the two officers and a male, resulted in a request by Transit Police to the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner for an order to investigate.

This has resulted in both Constable Diaz and Mr. Hughes (who has since left the police service) being charged by Crown with Assault Causing Bodily Harm and Assault with a Weapon. First appearance for Constable Diaz is on February 12, 2015. Diaz has been working in an administrative role and Hughes left the service in 2012.
Two Transit police officers are under investigation by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner for alleged "use of force" against a University of B.C. student. The incident, involving constables Edgar Diaz and Michael Hughes, occurred last August when the officers allegedly stopped the youth for a fare check and he ended up in hospital.
http://www.vancouversun.com/Transit+cops+under+investigation+after+student+injured/6680463/story.html
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February 15, 2013. A Transit police officer has been charged with assault causing bodily harm and assaulting a police officer in connection with an incident at a New Westminster bar last fall. New Westminster police were called to a bar on Sept. 12 where several people were fighting outside in the 500-block of 7th Street.

Staff Sgt. Paul Hyland said Brian Lawson was arrested at the scene. It was later determined that he was an off-duty Transit police officer.
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Transit+police+officer+charged+with+assault/7972661/story.html#ixzz3asw0KRcz
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TransLink's Transit Police are under renewed criticism after a report for the Edmonton Police Service warned the Metro Vancouver transit security model is one that should not be emulated.

The report by Edmonton Police Acting Supt. Garry Meads flags jurisdictional overlaps between Transit Police and the local police or RCMP who do have specific geographical responsibilities. "This type of arrangement has resulted in much confusion and inefficiencies," Meads said in the April 2011 report, adding he was told the model will likely never be repeated in B.C.

Transit Police spent $29 million in 2012 – funded mainly by TransLink fares, gas taxes and property tax – and the force's budget is slated to rise to $35 million by 2014 and $42 million by 2021.
http://www.surreyleader.com/news/142702745.html
SeaBus service and terminals were shut down for several hours on Tuesday March 11, 2015 due to a suspicious package that turned to be a "very old Walkman-style device."
The item was found hidden partially under a seat of the MV Burrard Beaver boat during the evening commute between Vancouver and North Vancouver.

The RCMP explosives unit dispatched a bomb-sniffing dog and robot to investigate. "What was found was a very old Walkman-style device. You couldn't tell what it was until the robot got right up to it and it could be viewed from the robot video," Drennan told The Huffington Post B.C.
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Transit Police Should Be Scrapped: Vancouver Mayor. Vancouver's mayor is questioning the need for Transit Police when cities in the region already have their own police forces to cover trains and buses.

Gregor Robertson said he wants to see TransLink focus on transportation rather than transit policing.
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Shots Fired at Surrey SkyTrain Station. Apr 28, 2014. Both Surrey Mounties and the Independent Investigations Office are looking into what led to a shooting at Surrey's Gateway SkyTrain station.

Transit Police opened fire on a suspect outside the station at around 4:00 yesterday afternoon.
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James Watts, a 94-year-old Second World War veteran, isn’t positive about TransLink’s security. He called two TransLink security officers “overpaid crap” after they attempted to boot him from a bus on Granville Street near 11th Avenue around 12:45 p.m. Monday.

The burly security men were checking fares and Watts mistakenly showed them his driver’s licence. “He said, ‘If you don’t show your pass, you can get off the bus’,” recalled Watts, who was a bus driver for 27 years. “I’m 94 and I would like to sit down while I find my pass.” That wasn’t good enough.

“He said, ‘You’re not going to sit down. If you carry on like this, I’m going to arrest you,’” said Watts.
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On August 1, 2014 it was reported ... Transit Police arrested a man late Thursday night at the Surrey Central bus loop, while he was aboard a Coast Mountain bus. Officers determined the man was acting irrationally and apprehended him under the Mental Health Act, before taking him to hospital, the first statement said.

The man was described as compliant during the arrest, and police said there was no incident but that he was in medical distress by the time he reached the hospital and could not be revived.

http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-120297-3-.htm
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"On my way to work this morning, Metro Vancouver Transit Police officers interrupted my bus ride with a fare check. Luckily, I had my monthly pass on me, and no one on the bus received a $173 ticket for an unpaid fare. Naturally, I tweeted about the fare check after the bus got rolling again.

Const. Graham Walker


A few hours later, I received a couple of direct messages from Const. Graham Walker, whose Twitter profile identifies him as a community relations and patrol officer with the transit police. As you can see, Walker took issue with my tweet:

“Hi Stephen. Not sure why you would want to tell people where we are checking fares. First off, it's not okay to ride for free, we all 1/2 2/2 know about funding, etc. Plus, we remove hundreds of criminals from the system each year after finding them without fare."

http://www.straight.com/blogra/680096/transit-police-dont-it-when-you-tweet-about-fare-checks
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Transit cops ask for 5.5 per cent wage hike, retroactive pay. The union representing officers is calling for five-and-a-half per cent in retroactive pay for the two years they went without a contract, and an additional six per cent raise, all over the next two years.

Officers currently make a minimum of $75,000 a year and more than one-third of officers earn in excess of $100,000 a year.

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/transit-cops-ask-for-5-5-per-cent-wage-hike-retroactive-pay-1.1655444
Metro Vancouver Transit Police ratified a new collective agreement. Under the new Transit Police contract with the TPPA, officers will receive an 11.5 percent wage increase for the years 2011 to 2015.
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Ian Jarvis
TransLink’s latest salary disclosure documents indicates that the number of TransLink staff earning $100,000 or more in 2012 grew by 14.6 per cent. This includes 58 members of the Transit Police.

The salaries of the four top executives at TransLink in 2012 according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation:

•CEO Ian Jarvis went from $382,954 in 2011 to $394,730 in 2012. Add in pension contributions and benefits, and he totalled $438,700.
•COO Doug Kelsey went from $329,936 to $336,729. With pension and benefits, the total was $377,054.
•CFO Cathy McLay went from $285,481 to $294,877. With pension and benefits, she made $330,753.
•Executive VP Bob Paddon went from $244,699 to $273,889. With pension and benefits, his total was $307,857.

In February it was announced that TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis is "stepping down effective immediately in an effort to “restore public confidence,” said board chair Marcella Szel. Jarvis’ contract with TransLink does not expire until 2016, and until then he will still earn his salary serving as an advisor to the board of directors.
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"Integrity, Professionalism, Accountability, Respect, Teamwork. These are the core values of the Transit Police Service."
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Two transit police officers involved in an incident at a downtown Vancouver SkyTrain station that resulted in a schoolteacher being hit with a flashlight are unlikely to face any disciplinary sanction.
After a two-week B.C. Supreme Court trial, a civil jury ruled in March that Ms. Logeman was “wrongly assaulted” by Walter Rossa in 2002, and that he struck her with his flashlight. Ms. Logeman, 30, suffered a “blowout fracture” of a bone below her left eye. The judge said both constables lied under oath during the trial about the striking of Ms. Logeman.
“The blatant untruthfulness of both of these defendants on this pivotal issue has had an adverse effect on both the nature and the conduct of this litigation,” Judge Sinclair Prowse wrote.

“The evidence was undisputed that Mr. Rossa was completely indifferent to the injury that he caused the plaintiff.” Mr. Dorby is now a constable and Mr. Rossa a sergeant with the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority Police Service. The two officers had been cleared of any wrongdoing in both criminal and internal investigations.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/judge-blasts-transit-officers-testimony-1.578843

http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/Jdb-txt/SC/06/06/2006BCSC0692.htm