Camera seizure prompts complaint
A complaint has been filed with the Vancouver Police Board after thecamera of a local photojournalist was allegedly seized by an officer ata crime scene where police shot a suspect.
A complaint has been filed with the Vancouver Police Board after the camera of a local photojournalist was allegedly seized by an officer at a crime scene where police shot a suspect.
The B.C. Civil Liberties Association wants Vancouver police to clarify its policy on seizing cameras.
David Eby, executive director of the BCCLA, said there have been three recent incidents.
“Now a citizen and two media outlets have made high-profile and serious allegations against the VPD concerning police interference in their right to videotape events in the public domain,” Eby said.
He pointed out that all allegations involved taking photos of Vancouver police officers either using lethal force or investigating another officer who had used lethal force. “These incidents are not a time for reduced accountability,” Eby said.