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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

Vancouver police raid suspected anti-pipeline graffiti ‘taggers’

Mural artist Milan Basic standing in front of his mural that has been spray-painted with "Oil Spill."

Mural artist Milan Basic standing in front of his mural that has been spray-painted with “Oil Spill.”  FYI Milan, your mural is part of an effort by the city, the cops, and business owners to stop graffiti, the original street art.

By Brian Morton, Vancouver Sun, June 6, 2014

A police raid of an east Vancouver home earlier this week as part of an investigation of anti-pipeline graffiti is being criticized as disproportionate to the alleged crime.
Five people were arrested during the raid, but all were released and no charges have been laid, Vancouver police Const. Brian Montague said Friday.
“I expect that charges will be recommended at some point down the road,” Montague said. “It is linked to an investigation related to the ‘no-pipelines’ tagging we’ve seen around town.”
The raid, however, drew criticism in a blog post on Warrior Publications by author identified only as “Zig Zag.” Read the rest of this entry

Updates on East Vancouver “no pipelines” police raid and legal defence fundraising

Business mural with "No Pipelines" spray painted on it, Commercial Drive, Vancouver.

Business mural with “No Pipelines” spray painted on it, Commercial Drive, Vancouver.

A series of news reports on the June 3, 2014, police raid in East Vancouver, BC, as well as a link to legal defence and communications fundraising.  Special thanks to all the comrades who have offered support and members of the public who have donated to fundraising efforts.  We will be neither silenced nor intimidated in our defence of Mother Earth!  Read the rest of this entry

Search warrants used in East Vancouver anti-graffiti raid

Warrant 1 RedactedHere are the search warrants used by the Vancouver police for the June 3, 2014, raid in East Vancouver.  The name of the targeted individual and the house address have been blocked out.  There are two separate warrants, one issued on June 2, 2014, and sworn by Detective Derek Wong, who is apparently a member of the VPD Anti-Graffiti Unit.  The secondary warrant is issue on June 3 to Ram Gregoriou (formerly Ramndeep Barn), who is also a Vancouver constable although it is unknown what unit he is stationed in.  The seventh JPG image is of two sticky notes left in the kitchen of the raided house, assumed to be names of cops and rooms they were to search. Read the rest of this entry

Police raid house in East Vancouver, with guns drawn, on pretext of anti-pipeline graffiti

No Pipelines Graffiti 2by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, June 3, 2014

At around 9AM on June 3, 2014, approximately 16 cops from the Vancouver Police Department raided a house in East Vancouver under the pretext of investigating six mischief charges related to graffiti tags dating from June, July, and October of 2013. The four residents of the house, and one guest, were removed one by one by police aiming pistols at them. One person inside the house looked out their bedroom window and saw a cop pointing his pistol at him.

The house targeted by the raid is comprised of radicals involved in Indigenous resistance as well as anarchist projects in the city (including myself, the editor of the Warrior Publications wordpress site). Read the rest of this entry

Anti-pipeline graffiti upsets Vancouver business owners

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