Vancouver police officers arrest Black woman allegedly causing disturbance, witness opposes claims

A heated video posted on social media appears to show Vancouver police arresting a Black woman playing basketball on a public court. VPD say she was causing a disturbance, witnesses say she did nothing wrong.

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) –  A heated video posted on social media appears to show Vancouver police arresting a Black woman playing basketball on a public court. VPD say she was causing a disturbance, witnesses say she did nothing wrong.

In an email statement to NEWS 1130, VPD said around 7:30 p.m. seven separate calls were made to 9-1-1 reporting an assault at the Lord Roberts Elementary School court. Police claim witnesses said a woman playing on the court was harassing other park users by swearing at them and overall causing a disturbance.

The almost nine-minute-long video posted to Facebook shows one woman surrounded by four police officers. About four minutes into the video, an inaudible conversation between her and an officer quickly escalates with him handcuffing her.

The person recording walks closer to the arrest where you can hear the woman being ask, “I can’t play basketball now because he says it’s trespassing — who is saying this?”

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“It’s a public basketball court,” she says on the court located on school property, spaces which are open to public use.

However, the officer who handcuffed her and another, continue to insist she is playing on public property.

“Why are you flip-flopping on who owns this basketball court? Is it just because it’s a public basketball court and you’re making up things so you can arrest me?”

Police add in the statement that they asked the 30-year-old woman “to leave the park multiple times, but she refused and continued to be verbally aggressive.”

“She was arrested for causing a disturbance.”

However, VPD said no physical assault occurred.

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The woman handcuffed can he heard asking the officers to explain why she is being arrested adding, “you guys are being so immoral.”

One of the officers in the video can then be heard explaining why the woman is being detained. 

“The fact that you have attracted people to come and film shows that there is proof …” 

But the person filming can be heard cutting the officer off to say, “No, I’m just a citizen who is concerned that four officers are arresting a Black person in a basketball court.”

A Black officer on the scene says, “there is a Black person right here as well, there is no racism going on here.”

But the woman adds his race as an officer is irrelevant in her arrest. 

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The woman in the video has been released with conditions pending her initial court date.

The witness who posted the video writes she was shaken up by the incident. She says she is in touch with the woman who’s asked for the video to be taken down “while she processes.”

“She is okay. She was released by VPD at 2am. She has a court date and I’m sending her everything I have. Video may be reposted for visibility,” a later post reads.

NEWS 1130 has reached out to a number of witnesses.

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