You may remember back in June when I covered the story of how Vancouver Cop Watch’s Jennifer Allan hoodwinked Bill Good on CKNW. Jennifer told Good that Cop Watch’s purpose was to politely observe the police, and to build positive relationships with them. I spoke with Jennifer after that, and she told me that there were some people at Cop Watch who acted negatively towards the police, but that she wasn’t one of them. Then, three weeks ago, I found video of Jennifer teasing the VPD with doughnuts.
Last night Jenn wrote a couple of comments on my article about the doughnut fishing. The first one was quite telling:
“Out of all these revolutionaries,I was asked to hold the doughnut stick and pose with the cops,because they didn’t have the guts to do it them self. I am not even a revolutionary type person,but I agreed because I know where to draw the line.”
I explained to her that it didn’t take guts to to that- the proper word was gall. And, surprisingly, she came back with a comment that left me thinking there was some hope for her- at least, the last sentence did:
“Sorry if this offend people,that wasn’t my intention.”
But, today, I found a most disturbing video of Jennifer in-action. And, if I ever had any doubts that Cop Watch was a negative influence on relationships between the police and the people of the DTES, I don’t any longer. This video is deeply shameful, insulting and the opposite of how Jennifer described her work to Bill Good that day.
Vancouver Cop Watch has become a bad joke…
The video is of Cop Watch member Terri Williams being detained by the police. Jennifer is filming and making comments in the background. The police approach Terri as she is smoking in a park, they came up to her and asked for identification. Jennifer was interfering, and they warned her not to impede their investigation. In response she said:
“You’re impeding in a copwatch investigation right now!”
The police then asked Terri for her name and identification again, and Jennifer gave her some of the worst advice possible:
“You do not have to give the police your name, your address or nothing- it’s your right”
Terri made the mistake of listening to this advice, and ended up being detained and handcuffed by the police. Considering Cop Watch is supposed to be there to help people, it was sad to see Jennifer’s advice having the opposite effect. Terri didn’t feel very happy about this situation either- you could tell when she asked Jennifer:
“Did you set me up for this?”
I’d have probably asked the same thing if I was in that situation, and someone gave me such bad information. Jennifer explained her view on why Terri was being arrested saying:
“Right now the police are targeting a copwatcher, this is Terri, she is a vancouver copwatch member. The police are targeting her because He was oppressing first nations women, giving them tickets”
So, this gives us a god view of what Cop Watch is really about- they aren’t simply filming and observing the police, they are actively trying to impede their investigations. I’m surprised they didn’t arrest them on the spot at that moment.
Then, Terri asked Jennifer if she was going to call her a lawyer. Jennifer’s response won’t go well with the voters in the next election:
“I will, I’ll call David Eby”
David Eby is the head of the BC Civil Liberties association. He’s recently announced that he is resigning at the end of the year with the intention of being the NDP candidate for Vancouver’s Point Grey riding. Eby is famous for his cop hating activities- they got so bad at one point that the police union featured him on the front page of their website. The people of Point Grey should take note of how Eby has been promoting what Cop Watch has been doing- long after they have been exposed for this sort of activity, and after their co-founder was arrested for forgery.
When I began writing about Cop Watch I was attacked by their members. One of their members, Ann Livingston (who leads the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) funded Vancouver Network Of Drug Users) made an absurd comment online that I “only go after women”. I have an ongoing complaint to VCH about this issue- but, it seems that Cop Watch hasn’t learned their lesson yet. Jennifer Allan tries the same attack on the arresting officer:
“It’s realy sad, Paul Ballentine is now targeting women! Well paul, you must feel like a big man now- harassing a woman”
This is one of the problems with Canada’s radical left. They are so determined to try and win their battles at any cost that they cheapen real incidents of gender based harassment by using it as a weapon whenever they can. Next Jennifer decides to accuse the officers of being thieves:
“Don’t steal her money either. I know how much money she has on her, when she comes out if she doesn’t have all her money I’m gonna fucking charge with theft”
But, that wasn’t enough for Jennifer. Soon after she accuses the police officers of gender based harassment she decides to insult Ballentine with a racist comment:
“paul doesn’t know who he’s actually arresting. That’s because he’s an uneducated cop, but then again he’s white, so what do you expect”
At this point, Jennifer really starts to get out of hand- she begins threatening the police:
“don’t worry Teri, I’ll take him on if he touches you”
“don’t worry, I’ve got a record for assaulting cops, I love it”
“Don’t worry, if he touches you I’ll knock his ass out. Arrest me, please, I’ll dare ya”
Then, after Ballentine warns her that she is crossing the line, Jennifer responds saying:
“I don’t listen to what white pieces of trash have to say”
Once they finished searching Terri, and verifying her identification, they released her from the handcuffs and let her go with a ticket. If you watch the video you will see that the police were entirely reasonable during this incident – despite all of the hate, accusations and racist abuse thrown at them. The officers involved deserve to be commended for their behaviour.
Jennifer Allan needs to make a public apology for her behaviour, and should consider resigning from Cop Watch. After watching this video, it is obvious that she is not living up to the ideals she stated she was on her appearance on the Bill Good show. And, her bad advice didn’t work out so well for Terri Williams.
I’d also suggest that David Eby make an apology too. He has been deeply involved with Cop Watch, even after I showed the world what they have been up to. He’s since given them a training course on how to be a legal observer, but it doesn’t seemed to have worked. Rather, the people of Cop Watch feel that they can act with impunity because he is there to rescue them.