Vancouver 2010: Police Try to Enter Media Centre Without Warrant
Members of the Vancouver Police Department and two members of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) entered the ground floor of an independent Olympic media centre. The uniformed officers tried to enter private offices in the back, but were refused by building management who asked the officers to leave.
The officers never produced a warrant, and said they were in the building to attend an art show.
“The police are well aware that this space is dedicated to media, and that the Legal Observer office is in this building as well,” said David Eby, Executive Director of the BCCLA. “All of the groups in this space have positive relationships with the police, there is no need for this kind of show of force.”
CBSA officers have been seen around Vancouver at major demonstrations to date by the BCCLA’s legal observers, raising concerns that nationality is being used to target particular protesters.
A formal request will be sent to the VPD asking for an explanation.