An on-line video appears to show a Vancouver police officer pushing over a disabled woman on a Downtown Eastside sidewalk.
The B.C. Civil Liberties Association publicized the surveillance footage today (July 22).
In the minute-long video, which has no audio, three men who appear to be police officers stride along a bustling sidewalk on Hastings Street near United We Can and the Lux Hotel.
As an unidentified woman walking in the opposite direction passes the group, one of the men appears to shove her to the ground.
As the woman who reportedly has cerebral palsy is lying on the ground, a few bystanders approach.
After a brief exchange, the men leave and the woman stands up and continues on her way.
Vancouver police representatives could not be reached immediately for comment, and it is not clear what caused the incident.
Robert Holmes, B.C. Civil Liberties Association president, has condemned the behaviour of the officers.
“This would not have happened in Kerrisdale or Point Grey and we need to ask why it happens on the Downtown Eastside?” Holmes says in a news release.
The association questions whether or not the “work culture” in the police department needs reform.
“The images on this video simply do not square with what Canadians expect of members of our law enforcement community,” Holmes adds.
Update: The video of the encounter between police and the woman on Hastings Street was removed from the Vimeo Web site on July 23. It has since been reposted on YouTube. Also, the woman in the video has said in interviews she has cerebral palsy, although previous news reports said she had multiple sclerosis.