VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
Contact: Julie Berg-Wyman @ 604 720 2190
June 30, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Have you had enough of Vancouver Police ethics?
Should they investigate themselves in cases of wrongdoing?
Vancouver, BC: Amidst the controversy of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), independent groups are taking aim at the lack of professionalism in the VPD and its internal investigation process unit. The BC Civil Liberties Association has called for an audit of internal police probes to gauge whether or not the VPD should continue to investigate themselves, especially given the serious cases of misconduct (for example: use of excessive force, breach of public trust, and other cases of questionable conduct). In a recent visit to Vancouver, Human Rights Watch Group from New York claim the VPD is in violation of the International Treaties on Human Rights. The shock of the missing women from Downtown Eastside has raised eyebrows as well as questions, given the fact that the VPD chose to stand idly by, ignoring their own internal documentation that a serial killer was preying on sex trade workers. The recent release of the Frank Joseph Paul police videotape, taken just hours before his death, from B.C.'s Police Complaint Commission has shocked fair-minded Vancouverites that something is required to hold the VPD accountable.
The family of Jeff Berg, who claims he died as a result of brutal and excessive force by a Vancouver Police Officer, has taken extreme measures to bring these groups together. The victim's sister, Julie Berg-Wyman, is holding a Public Rally on Sunday, July 6, 2003, 1:00 - 3:30 pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Georgia Street Plaza, to focus on the actions of the Vancouver Police Department. Berg-Wyman says that a Vancouver Police internal investigation uncovered no wrongdoing in her brother's death, despite eyewitness accounts of use of deadly force. On June 23, 2003, Police Complaints Commissioner Dirk Ryneveld ordered a public hearing into the Berg incident, which occurred October 22, 2000.
"The internal investigation by the VPD focused more on providing an alibi for the officer, rather than investigating the homicide objectively," claims Berg-Wyman. "In my opinion, the Vancouver Police Department is not equipped to investigate themselves. The public demands a separate body which is unbiased, to hold the police accountable to the same laws they are sworn to uphold." Berg-Wyman notes the following cases as cause for extreme alarm:
The Missing Women from Downtown Eastside
The death of Frank Joseph Paul
The death of Jeff Berg
The Stanley Park beatings
The Guns & Roses fiasco
The Assault of Kulwinder Parhar by an off-duty VPD member
The Cameron Ward wrongful arrest incident
The Cara Douglas strip-search, violating her rights
The public rally Berg-Wyman is holding will have speakers from concerned groups about police misconduct, accountability, human rights, and the impact on the victim's families when they feel no justice has been served. Keynote speakers will be Chief Stewart Phillip as President of The Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Deborah Jardine whose daughter Angela is classified as a victim of an alleged serial killer, civil rights lawyer Cameron Ward, Kulwinder Parhar, individuals regarding the Missing Women's group, and others who have personally experienced VPD brutality. BC MLA's and select Vancouver council members have also been invited to speak.
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Contact: Julie Berg-Wyman Cell: 604 720 2190
Updated: August 21, 2016