Video: Up-close arrest of marijuana activist Neil Magnuson that caused Bert Easterbrook to burn police commendation

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      Repeatedly in the video above, you can hear cannabis-legalization activist Neil Magnuson declare that he's not resisting arrest.

      But that didn't stop Vancouver police officers from roughly handcuffing him and dragging him away for allegedly selling marijuana on Canada Day outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      Another man arrested at the 20th annual "Cannabis Day" celebration, Bert Easterbrook, received a certificate of merit by former Vancouver police chief Jim Chu in 2013.

      That was for stopping Stanley Cup rioters from overturning a truck in 2011.

      But when Easterbrook objected to police treatment of Magnusen, he was charged with obstruction of justice. 

      In response, Easterbrook burned his chief's commendation certificate in a bucket outside Vancouver City Hall.




      Jul 4, 2015 at 12:09pm

      Typical corrupt lazy cops.
      Figures directly from the CDC dot gov web site
      Numbers of deaths per year in the USA
      * Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5000 traffic fatalities
      * Tobacco: 390,323
      * Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
      * Cocaine: 4,906
      * Heroin: 3,365
      * Aspirin: 466
      * Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
      * Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal overdose in all medical history and almost no traffic problems
      Stop the lies and Legalize nationally!


      Jul 4, 2015 at 12:39pm

      Of course he isn't resisting arrest after they have him down. That doesn't change ANYTHING that happened up to that point. Sorry, no sympathies for the people who want the world to bow at their feet. These guys need to stop smoking for a couple of days. Vancouver is one of these most tolerant places on earth, but that isn't enough for this group. They want to be able to deal openly in public????? They are making all us other logical thinking smokers look bad.

      Malcolm Kyle

      Jul 5, 2015 at 2:50am

      "The more obvious the failure becomes, the more shamelessly they exhibit their genuine motives. In plain words, what moves them is the psychological aberration called sadism. They lust to inflict inconvenience, discomfort, and whenever possible, disgrace upon the persons they hate, which is to say: upon everyone who is free from their barbarous theological superstitions, and is having a better time in the world than they are.

      They cannot stop the use of alcohol, nor even appreciably diminish it, but they can badger and annoy everyone who seeks to use it decently, and they can fill the jails with men taken for purely artificial offences, and they can get satisfaction thereby for the Puritan yearning to browbeat and injure, to torture and terrorize, to punish and humiliate all who show any sign of being happy. And all this they can do with a safe line of policemen and judges in front of them; always they can do it without personal risk."

      —an extract from "Notes on Democracy" by Henry Louis Mencken, written in 1926, during alcohol prohibition, 1919-1933

      Ben Westergreen

      Jul 5, 2015 at 8:38am

      That was a disgusting abusive of power.


      Jul 5, 2015 at 12:08pm

      How about the moments immediately before the video when he was refusing to comply with lawful requests from police, aka resisting arrest? Going to publish footage of that or does it not fit into the party line? Cops in Vancouver don't care about weed and the arrestee is white so there is no racial aspect here. White guys can smoke weed with cops, white guys don't get harassed by cops: what was he doing that allegedly caused an immediate change in years of unofficial police policy?


      Jul 5, 2015 at 1:51pm


      Never Forget

      Jul 10, 2015 at 2:59pm

      I wish the media would research further into this guys history. During the 1993 riots he was a highly sought after plunderer papers posted prominently on their premier page.