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Anti-Pipeline Graffiti Raid Update: VPD Claiming $500,000 in Damages Not Including Graffiti

No Pipelines graffiti in East Vancouver.

No Pipelines graffiti in East Vancouver.

On June 3rd, 2014, Vancouver Police staged a “guns-drawn” raid against a house of known indigenous and anarchist opponents to the energy policies of the central government and its corporate sponsors.

The ostensible reason for the raid was given as the search for graffiti materials believed to be tied to an ongoing “no pipelines” tagging campaign. One person was arrested, but released without charges or conditions.

The Vancouver Police Department returned on June 12 at around 9am with a warrant to take a DNA blood sample from the accused. The accused was again released without charges. There has been no info on the result of the DNA blood sample nearly 5 months after. Read the rest of this entry

Update on Anti-Graffiti Raid: VPD Vampires Return for Blood Sample

VPD detective constable Rainey with one of the stolen cell phones taken during the June 3 raid.

VPD detective constable Rainey with one of the stolen cell phones taken during the June 3 raid.

by Zig Zag, Vancouver Media Coop, June 12, 2014

On Thursday, June 12, 2014, at around 9:30AM, approximately six or more Vancouver cops returned to the East Vancouver home they had previously raided on June 3 under the pretext of investigating six “graffiti tags.”

This time they knocked, instead of yelling their fool heads off as they did during the June 3 raid. When the door was answered by one of the household members, VPD detective constable Rainey told her that they were returning some of the property they had stolen during the June 3 raid, and that the members of the house would have to sign for their release.

When the one house member named in the June 3 search warrant went to the door, he was asked if a bag of silkscreen frames were his, then told there was a warrant to take a DNA sample from him. He was then arrested, placed in a prisoner transport van, and taken to the VPD headquarters at 3585 Graveley Street, near Boundary Road. Read the rest of this entry

Talking with a Target: Vancouver Police Department’s “Guns-Drawn” Graffiti Raid Draws Fire

On June 3rd, Vancouver Police staged a “guns-drawn” raid against a house of known indigenous and anarchist opponents to the energy policies of the central government and its corporate sponsors.

The ostensible reason for the raid was given as the search for graffiti materials believed to be tied to an ongoing “no pipelines” tagging campaign. Warrior Publications publisher, Gord Hill was one of those arrested and released.

As his computers and communications devices were seized by police, I conducted an e-mail interview with him over the course of the four days following the raid. – C.L. Cook Read the rest of this entry