Tot traumatized by sight of RCMP arresting senior at Wreck Beach

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      Timur Reynolds is a bit old to be tossing his toys out of his stroller, but the four-year-old might throw out his police cars after he saw RCMP put a senior in handcuffs on Wreck Beach last week.

      According to his father, Jonathon Reynolds, 47, the 70-something man was doing nobody any harm, but the RCMP, which polices the campus and environs, put him in cuffs and took him away on August 9 as father and son, along with wife, Lily, waited for sunset at the famed beach.

      Jonathon said Timur might remember that day for a long time, adding that it has already affected his behaviour back at his home.

      “He will, for sure,” Reynolds Sr., an online publisher, told the Straight by phone. “It even goes to the point where we go by the police and the fire station here—[which] are together—and we’ve always gone by one side on the way to the store and by one side on the way back. Now he only walks by the fire station side. He still likes the firemen, but he doesn’t like the police.”

      Reynolds said he was unaware that beach regulars and activists Watermelon and Judy Williams, president of the Wreck Beach Preservation Society, had relayed to the Straight their own concerns about Metro Vancouver’s own park “goons” after they tried to ban the beach diva for 72 hours on August 1.

      The Straight emailed and phoned Sgt. Paulena Gidda of the nearby UBC RCMP detachment, but she declined to comment.




      Aug 17, 2012 at 12:36pm

      Utter nonsense. Believe me, the police didn't decide to go for a long and tiring stroll on Wreck Beach simply in order to arrest an old, naked man.

      Without details, this is just silly.

      Rick in Richmond

      Aug 17, 2012 at 12:44pm

      And just yesterday, around 5pm, four RCMP officers came down to the beach at Trail 6 and arrested a drunken bozo who had been hassling women.

      His three pals got off with a lecture about Wreck etiquette, but this idiot first tried to lie, and then to deny. The cops didn't believe him, and took him away. Several of us gave our names as witnesses.

      Too many drunks think they can get away with anything down there. A couple of women were very grateful that the RCMP intervened yesterday. The rest of us were too.

      Jack Qwerty

      Aug 17, 2012 at 1:13pm

      A little sensitive fellow, that's so nice.


      Aug 17, 2012 at 2:08pm

      "According to his father, Jonathon Reynolds, 47, the 70-something man was doing nobody any harm"

      One vague witness account exonerates him? There are cases of police stepping over the line but I frankly doubt this is one of them. Are you suggesting they just randomly arrested someone?

      Indeed, screw the police! Unless someone is breaking into your house or endangering you, then call them...

      Martin Dunphy

      Aug 17, 2012 at 2:46pm


      You were not there. The police refused to comment. Should the <em>Straight</em> refuse to report?


      Aug 17, 2012 at 3:33pm

      Perhaps GS could wait to report.

      Martin Dunphy

      Aug 17, 2012 at 3:46pm


      Please read above. The <em>Straight</em> waited nine days. The police won't talk.
      Case closed for now.


      Aug 17, 2012 at 4:24pm

      Saw a pair of men doing the dirty with two others (women?) at Wreck on August 5th in plain sight of all passers-by. I didn't really mind. As long as everyone was consenting, what's the problem? Who needs the cops? They should be arresting hit-men instead (something they are totally incompetent at).


      Aug 17, 2012 at 4:37pm

      Martin Dunphy:

      The article above doesn't say if the GS was able to discover if anyone had even been arrested. So...Where would one go to find out if the the police arrested anyone that day at Wreck? Don't the police keep records of who they arrest? When are such records available to a GS reporter? Are they kept private for some time? That seems odd. Will GS ever be able to find out if the police arrested someone at Wreck that day?

      Martin Dunphy

      Aug 17, 2012 at 5:27pm