Tuesday, August 8, 2017

#AskThemIfTheyKilledMylesGray,---Petitioning Premier of British Columbia Christy Clark and 3 others Discharge and arrest the VPD police officers who murdered Myles Gray in Vancouver, BC-----------While well built, Myles Gray only stood 5-foot-10 (1m75), and was by no means imposing of aggressive looking, his father Marks said. Myles Gray, owner of Selma Park Overgreen, a well-established, successful distributor of wholesale floral greenery in Sechelt, B.C., has been since consistently depicted by his family and a large circle of friends as a true gentleman, a loyal friend, a deep thinker, a soft-hearted and laid-back man who had never been in a fight in his whole life, always striving to be the best person he could be. Myles' father added that his son has never owned any firearm, not even a knife, and that upon seeing a fight coming up, his son would always just turn around and walk away.


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Just got up. I am going soon to bring Rebecca home and check on her egg on her noggin. I will be using the stroller from this point on.
The falling over business is endemic with Rebecca and mum so I will be careful when I pick up mum as well.
Dad is still fine and I get him to use a cane. He hates it but based on my experience with folks who do not exercise (walk) I think he needs it.
I mean I walk and I still manage to trip everywhere I go even on hiking trips.
The nephew and his friend have been deposited by hubby somewhere in the Kananaskis backcountry to do some hiking for long distances while bears are feasting on berries. They have bear spray but I don't think bear spray is much help. They were supposed to hike in BC but no go with the forest fire stuff. Hopefully they survive when hubby picks them up on Saturday. I did not go hiking last weekend and will probably not go this coming weekend. Rebecca has her appointment on Wednesday and dad on Saturday so it's all family stuff for the next few weeks.
The hiking that hubby did will not be counted as part of our summer inventory of hikes even though they were mega hikes. I will put them down as miscellaneous hikes for him.
Right now I am barely awake. I will have my two toast slices and then tea. I will investigate before picking up Rebecca and mum for their home visits. Besides my continuing care project I am working on Jessica and Diana's stuff which is basically trying to understand the AER directives and the failures in oversight. It's a big project and this is why I am taking years on it. Sometimes I am also side tracked with my third project which is the death of children in care.
Most of this work is dirt. In other words no one wants to check out this dirt. But it is important. If we simply ignore the lives of the people who are harmed in our society just because we don't have harm ourselves this means we are simply delusional because harm done to some is harm done to the entire. Harm cannot be kept isolated is what I am trying to say. Even if one of our own don't get exposed to pollutants as in the case of Diana Daunheimer well one day that fracking stuff may be in our back yard and then what? Will y'all stay silent then when the emissions are 24/7 for your kids? Or what about if one of your own is harmed or dies in the continuing care system? Everyone is going to get old. Will we stay silent about the failures just because it hasn't happened to one of our own? When we have a child die in the system as was the case with Serenity or we have an adult die at the hands of police as was the case of Myles Gray will we accept the lack of information and stop agitating for the truth? Or will we move out of our comfort zone of safety and silence to ask the questions needed of authority?
Of course it is safer to stay silent.
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https://www.change.org/p/chief-constable-adam-palmer-discharge-and-arrest-the-vpd-police-officers-who-murdered-myles-gray-in-vancouver-bc

Petitioning Premier of British Columbia Christy Clark and 3 others

Discharge and arrest the VPD police officers who murdered Myles Gray in Vancouver, BC

  • British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, has recently faced a significant spike in police-involved fatalities (deaths). High-profile police-involved deaths in B.C. has starting to become common place : between September 2014 and September 2015, in less than a year,  B.C. Police has been directly involved in no more than 20 fatalities.

    Marten Youssef, spokesman for B.C.'s Independent Investigations Office (IIO) --the office established in the Ministry of Justice and mandated to conduct investigations into officer-related incidents of death or serious harm-- has stated that as of earlier in March 2015, there were about 44 cases being actively investigated by his office.
  • On August, 13, 2015, at 2:30pm, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) was called to intervene at 3600-bloc Southeast Marine Drive, Vancouver, by a woman who reported a verbal exchange with a man, Myles Gray, 33, regarding her unlawfully watering her lawn. At the time, Metro-Vancouver was under a Stage 3 watering restriction, which meant a complete ban of lawn watering.

    As long as the woman who called the VPD refuses to share information about the event, for instance why she called the Police, what she told them exactly, and what was the exact nature and content of her exchange with Myles Gray, there will be a blind spot. However, one can only easily assume that should she be an open and honest figure --claiming having become devastated upon finding that this young man had died as a consequence of her call--, she would make her voice clear and loud.

    On the other hand, what we know for sure, is that the VPD categorized the call as "a distraught man causing a disturbance", whether this appropriately translated or not what the calling woman may have told the VPD, and that two hours later police had assaulted and beaten the young man to death.
  • While well built, Myles Gray only stood 5-foot-10 (1m75), and was by no means imposing of aggressive looking, his father Marks said. Myles Gray, owner of Selma Park Overgreen, a well-established, successful distributor of wholesale floral greenery in Sechelt, B.C., has been since consistently depicted by his family and a large circle of friends as a true gentleman, a loyal friend, a deep thinker, a soft-hearted and laid-back man who had never been in a fight in his whole life, always striving to be the best person he could be.

    Myles' father added that his son has never owned any firearm, not even a knife, and that upon seeing a fight coming up, his son would always just turn around and walk away.


    Myles Gray had no past records with the Police, no history of mental-health issue or anti-social behaviour.

    Therefore, in the opinion of all, together in one unanimous voice, Mr. Myles Gray, 33, was but a very nice young man, a calm and thoughtful person who would not create a situation involving violence.

    On the morning of that fatal day --a normal, routine day for Myles-- there is nothing to suggest that Myles was either under the influence of some drugs, in a vulnerable state or suffering from a psychotic break. Indeed one of his workers reported that Myles appeared cheerful and happy.
  • Unfortunately, upon receiving the call of the woman, and categorizing it as they did ("a distraught man causing a disturbance"), the VPD detached a squad of no less than six police officers on the site.

    What really happened there, beyond the cut-and-dry narrative of the VPD, has not been released by the VPD, and most unlikely will never be.
    Indeed, the numerous VPD police officers dispatched to the scene managed to pursue and corner the younger man in the backyard of a house in the 8300-block Joffre Avenue (about a 10-minute walk from where the woman made her call), a blind spot unfortunately offering no witness to confirm or oppose their words !

    One thing is certain though : the heavy signs left behind on that spot strongly support the fact that a violent struggle had ensued there, revealing patches of blood, torn up grass and a destroyed rhododendron bush. So whatever happened there, the facts are that :
    - Myles Gray had been pepper sprayed, a painful experience,
    - then brutally and senselessly assaulted and beaten to death by at least seven VPD police officers.

    While a cause of death has not yet been released seven months after that fatal day, initial forensic evidence concluded that Myles did not suffer a heart attack. As for his injuries, one can only guess their were extreme from the advice received by Myles' family by the funeral home to have a closed-casket ceremony.
  • Since that event, Myles parents have filed a suit in B.C. Supreme Court against the Vancouver Police Department, the Vancouver Police Board, the City of Vancouver, and eleven Vancouver police officers, seven of whom were directly involved in Myles' death.

    Amongst other things, it is alleged that these police officers had no lawful cause or authority to seclude or detain Myles Gray, and that the young man was repeatedly beaten, even after being restrained.

    A response to the suit has not yet been filed and all comment from the VPD has been suspended because of the ongoing IIO investigation.

    The Gray family has been given no further information since the IIO investigation started beyond the facts that there were ten officers on scene and that the incident took place in a wooded area, away from the public. 
  • Conclusion

    Upon carefully reviewing the facts, it is our definite, deep and sound belief, that there is NO possible and justifiable reason that six or seven trained police officers could not find a better way to deal with a single unarmed man (who never fought in his life) than by killing him.Given Myles Gray's profile as a thoughtful, deep-thinking gentleman,
    Given the sheer number of trained VPD police officers on the scene, Given VPD's current spike in criminal homicides and manslaughter,
    We believe beyond reasonable doubts:

    - That it is most likely that the VPD initiated the violence that lead to Myles Gray's death, not the contrary.

    - That the VPD police officers intentionally bullied and harmed Mr. Myles Gray.

    - That the ill intention of the VPD police officers against Myles Gray is shifting Myles Gray's death into a serious case of criminal homicide resulting from a voluntary manslaughter, a qualification similar to a group murder (murder committed by a group of individuals).
  • ACTION

    - Given what is strongly believed to be a group murder committed by these VPD police officers against a single unarmed man, thus opposing to their assignment as peace officers,

    - Given that in doing so, these VPD police officers have become rogue armed individuals acting arbitrarily beyond the scope of their assigned powers and administrative privileges, therefore representing a real, potential, dangerous threat towards any civilian,

    - Given that any individuals of this sort, or involved in such a group murder, would immediately be arrested and put in jail while waiting for their trial and sentence,

    - Given that police officers are submitted to the same equal law as "ordinary" citizen, unless it is claimed by Canada's government that the country is not democratic,

    - Given that to this day, these VPD police officers involved in this criminal homicide have actively remained on their regular patrol duties contrary to the principle of caution,

    - Given that the upsurge of police violence (like VPD's ) is always regarded as the alarming sign of the rising of an authoritarian state (something Canadians should worry about),

    - Given that this very scenario could happen tomorrow to your son, to your brother or to you friend,

    - Given it is about your future, everyone's future and our country's fragile democracy,

    We, people from Canada and from around the World, fighting for freedom and equal rights, herein petition the Honorable Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia, Canada, the Honorable Suzanne Anton, MLA and Attorney General of British Columbia, Canada, and Adam Palmer, Chief Officer of the Vancouver Police Department to commit in a joint action to enforcing the followings :
  1. That all the VPD police officers directly involved in the criminal homicide of Mr. Myles Gray, 33, on Aug.13, 2015, be immediately discharged of their duty and discarded from working as public officers,
  2. That all the VPD police officers directly involved in the criminal homicide of Mr. Myles Gray, 33, on Aug.13, 2015, be immediately arrested and put in jail under the worse charge of "participating in a group murder while representing the law as sworn agents" while waiting for their trial and sentence.


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There could have been thousands of scenarios that happened that day that should not have led Myles Gray to being beaten to death.
  • It is our belief that things may have forcibly happened as follows (personal reconstruction) :
    - That upon being first arrested by the police, Myles, as a deep thinker, may have started arguing with them that he had committed no offence and therefore would find no lawful reason to comply with what he would interpret as arbitrary demands.
    - That he therefore started to walk away, ignoring the VPD's demands.
    - That the police wouldn't accept his response as an answer and would keep nagging at him until they became more pushy as they became impatient at Myles' refusal to obey.
    - That upon feeling the tension building up, Myles may have felt good reasons to get scared and started to run away.
    - That police got fiercely caught in the game ("cats never want to leave the mouse escape"), pursued Myles, eventually managed to get him cornered, and then sadistically made him feel sorry for not obeying them, starting by spraying him with pepper, then beating him up, since the spot offered no witness they needed to fear.
    - That injured, in pain, scared to death, Myles eventually launched a harder fight to break for his freedom and his life.
    - That police did not see it this way, redoubling their effort to subdue the young man, eventually killing him.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Premier of British Columbia
    Christy Clark
  • Attorney General of British Columbia, Canada
    The Honorable Suzanne Anton
  • Premier of British Columbia, Canada
    The Honorable Christy Clark

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