The Pivot Blog
A Vancouver police officer fatally shot Tony Du "within minutes" of arriving on scene. This death was preventable.
Memphis Model CIT is an innovative, community-based, and collaborative program to increase safety for persons in crisis, family members, the public, and police officers, and to divert individuals living with mental illness from the criminal justice system to appropriate mental health supports in a safe and effective manner.
Pivot Legal Society calls for systemic changes to police training and policy around mental health-related calls at coroner's inquest into the death of Tony Du
Police must focus on de-escalation instead of shooting to kill.
More than 1,400 British Columbians died due to suspected illicit drug overdoses in 2017, according to data released today by the BC Coroners Service. The figures representing a 43% increase from 2016, when there were 993 overdose deaths. There were significantly fewer deaths, however, in the last four months of 2017 (average of 96.5 deaths per month from September to December) compared with the first eight months of the year (average of 129.5 deaths per month).
We agree with Councillor McConnachie that #FactsMatter, so here's 27 footnotes #LightReading. "Punishing people for calling 911 will cost lives in the context of an overdose crisis. Senior levels of government are trying to do the exact opposite"
The Bylaw, which will likely have a chilling effect on calls for emergency assistance, is not only morally reprehensible; it is also Constitutionally suspect. Its potential to adversely affect the health and safety of vulnerable populations has not adequately been considered, and we therefore strongly urge you to abandon its enactment