95% of some bylaw tickets handed out exclusively in DTES, press conference announced: Pivot and VANDU

We received this press release today. See below.

Press Advisory
March 5, 2013

Vancouver – Pivot Legal Society and the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) have recently obtained statistics which reveal that 95% of some bylaw tickets in Vancouver were handed out exclusively in the Downtown Eastside over the last four years. The two organizations will be holding a press conference tomorrow, March 6th, to announce the filing of a complaint against the VPD which alleges discriminatory policing.

The complaint comes in the wake of the final report from the Missing and Murdered Women’s Inquiry which made a recommendation that police forces limit the enforcement of minor offences, which have caused marginalized and vulnerable women to fear going to the police for protection due to outstanding fines and warrants. Pivot and VANDU will be asking the VPD to change their policies on ticketing to incorporate Commissioner Oppal’s recommendation, and will be calling on City Council to stop the discriminatory policing in the neighbourhood.

What: Press Conference on VPD ticketing in the DTES
When: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Where: Pivot Legal Society, 121 Heatley Avenue, Vancouver
Who: Douglas King (Pivot Legal Society), Aiyanas Ormond (VANDU), and VANDU members who have received tickets for bylaw offences.

A backgrounder and visuals will also be available.

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