Years passed before video surfaced showing police officer Lee Chipperfield applying a fatal head shot to unarmed Paul Boyd as the already wounded man crawled across a Vancouver roadway. We might wonder about the delay but events suggest that any citizen is correct to worry when they have evidence that offends authorities.
NBC offers “First Amendment rights can be terminated’: When cops, cameras don’t mix” showing Chicago police taking members of the media into custody because police did not want a particular story revealed.
” ‘Your First Amendment rights can be terminated,’ yells the Chicago police officer, caught on video right before arresting two journalists outside a Chicago hospital. One, an NBC News photographer, was led away in handcuffs essentially for taking pictures in a public place…
“Tales of reporters, protestors and citizen journalists being threatened or arrested for filming law enforcement officials during disputes are on the rise…
“There’s always been a tense relationship between cops and cameras, but that relationship is being pushed to the brink now that half of U.S. adults carry smartphones, nearly all of them capable of filming and sharing visuals instantly with the whole world via the Internet…
” ‘We do hear about these more frequently now because everyone walks around with cell phone cameras,’ she said. “Law enforcement officers sometimes react badly to this, and view it as a threatening act.”
The unpunished homicide of Robert Dziekanski was the main cause that led to my blogging commitment three plus years ago. The death of one man was an unfortunate thing; the considered cover-up through which police executives and their hired guns excused his killers was indefensible. That involved RCMP management at the highest level and many lawyers paid by the government of Canada and commercial enterprises.
- David Butcher
- Richard Peck
- Reg Harris
- Alex Pringle
- Ravi Hira
- Helen Roberts
- David Crossin
- Chris Buchanan
- David Neave
- Dwight Stewart
- Mitch Taylor
- Ted Beaubier
- Alex Pringle
- Joe Doyle
Ever wonder why matters of justice are not obvious or easily resolved. Take those names, add others and multiply by tens of thousands of dollars that each receives. It’s quickly apparent.
Since the shooting of Paul Boyd, I’ve been uncomfortable with unreserved media claims that excused the homicide. By example, it was said the dead man threatened, attacked and injured police officers with a “bike chain.” Bike chain? What does that mean when the two words have interpretations that range from A to Z.
The Province newspaper’s photo caption in August 2007:
“Animator Paul Boyd was shot dead by police after wounding two officers.”
According to these false reports, he was a maniacal man intent on continuing attacks on police officers, even while wounded and outnumbered.
VPD Chief Jim Chu pretended this week that new information had surfaced about Boyd’s death. Bull shit.
Chu and his fellow VPD managers knew exactly what happened but hoped the police force could avoid accountability. After Boyd died, VPD resources were immediately involved with damage control, spinning a story that claimed the victim’s fate was inevitable. The Province newspaper published this August, 2007:
“There is no “bad guy” in this unfortunate, sad incident. Paul was a victim of his disease.”
Oh really? Victim of his disease? No, he was victim of a dangerous man who continues employment with Vancouver PD and continues to be armed. This incident, by itself, is reason to remove Jim Chu from management of the Vancouver police force.
If we ignore that outcome, we fail Paul Boyd once more and other victims will fall.