Rally planned outside Vancouver police station to support family of Phuong Na (Tony) Du

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      There will be a demonstration of support this weekend for the family of a Vietnamese immigrant shot dead by police.

      A rally will be held outside the Vancouver police station (2120 Cambie Street) at noon on Saturday (February 11) to remember Phuong Na (Tony) Du.

      The 51-year-old man was shot dead by police on November 22, 2014, at the corner of Knight and East 41st Avenue. It came as as he was in the throes of a psychotic episode and swinging a two-by-four at two police officers. Du had schizophrenia and his family has said he was a friendly and peaceful man.

      Yesterday, the criminal justice branch announced that it will not lay criminal charges against one officer who used his service pistol and another officer who used a bean-bag gun against Du, who died in hospital while undergoing surgery for his bullet wounds.

      "I am deeply saddened by the Crown's decision to not charge the police officers responsible for his death," rally organizer Chanel Ly said in a news release. "It didn't have to end this way—the officers should have been equipped with training to deal with people having mental health outbreaks. The police need to be held accountable for their actions."