VANCOUVER — Vancouver police staff sergeant Mark Horsley wanted to make at least one bust. Very much. It would have made his year, taking down one of the creeps responsible for assaulting and robbing disabled Vancouverites.
Working with other VPD members, peer support workers and rehabilitation specialists, Horsley hatched a cunning scheme. He borrowed a $16,000 electric-powered wheelchair, grew some facial hair and wheeled into the DTES, undercover.
The objective: pretend to be disabled and brain-injured from a motorcycle accident that never really happened. Play the “easy mark.” Bait criminals by flashing cash and valuables, such as cellphones and cameras. When they pounce, collar them. Make them pay.
“My boss tied a pork chop around my neck and threw me into a shark tank,” Horsley recalled Thursday at VPD headquarters.
The operation didn’t go quite as planned.
In five days of undercover work from his wheelchair, with loot hanging from a fanny pack for all to see and perhaps snatch, and after more than 300 “contacts” with people, Horsley made not a single arrest. People wanted to give him things, instead.
Passers-by insisted on dropping coins into his lap. “I did not panhandle,” he said. Two men bought him pizza. Others just stopped and chatted, passed the time, exchanged pleasantries. All anyone took was his photograph.
Once, a guy came along and crouched over Horsley. He reached in, as if making for the fanny pack. Horsley tensed. Here it was, at last: Heinous crime in progress, bust coming up. The man’s fingers touched the fanny pack. Then the prospective perp zippered it shut. He asked Horsley to please be more careful with his things, for goodness sake.I think its awesome that the cops were unable to bust a single crook with this trick. Because, face it, not being able to catch a crook because the crooks won't do certain crimes is, good news.
Several more times, Horsley was approached and told to take care. By known criminals, even. This demonstrated there really is “honour” among certain thieves, he said. Robbing the disabled is “below their ethical standards,” he concluded. “The community will not stand for this.”Good on ya Canada!
Peer of the realm of Great Briton, Lord Weidenfeld is on a mission. He claims he has a debt to repay and he is expending a portion of his personal fortune and influence to do just that.
Lord Weidenfeld is a Jew. He came to England as a boy, by the grace and good will of Christians who were helping Jews escape the Nazi's. Lord Weidenfeld made the most of his new life and rose in business eventually earning inclusion into the heights of British Society.
Jewish peer who fled Nazis is rescuing Christians fleeing Isis to repay 'debt'
Lord Weidenfeld says he has “a debt to repay” to Christians fleeing Isis, because the Quakers and the Plymouth Brethren fed and clothed him and helped him to reach Britain in 1938.
The publisher is spearheading Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund, which last week supported the flight of 150 Syrian Christians to Poland on a privately chartered plane to allow them to seek refuge, making them the first beneficiaries of the resettlement project.
The 95-year-old told The Times: “I had a debt to repay. It applies to so many young people who were on the Kinderstransports. It was Quakers and other Christian denominations who brought those children to England.
“It was very high-minded operation and we Jews should also be thankful and do something for the endangered Christians.”
The fund aims to offer 12-18 months of paid support to the refugees.What a great story. Somebody is doing something for the Christians in the middle east. The program is not without its distractors, however.
But the project has run into criticism for its exclusion of Muslims who have also been forced from their homes by Isis, for fear of murder, enslavement or torture.I realize that ISIS does bad stuff to Muslims that don't join with them. But come on all ready! There isn't much (if any) help for Christians escaping ISIS. Jews fleeing from ISIS have the ability to escape to Israel.
The USA won't take Christian refugees fleeing from Islamic persecution in the middle east. Seriously we won't and don't. All the talk about sanctuary cities, its only for Muslims. Here's the real kicker: if ISIS is winning in on area, we import members of Hamas. If Hamas is winning in a different area, we import members of ISIS. The one group we don't help is the Christians that both of them want to kill.
The Christian populations of both countries have fallen precipitously in the past decade, however, and Lord Weidenfeld defended the project’s narrow focus.
He said: “I can’t save the world, but there is a very specific possibility on the Christian side. Let others do what they like for the Muslims.”That's right Lord Weidenfeld, there is a chance. Thank you for taking it. Perhaps, for such a time as this you were spared as a boy. May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, keep you, bless you and repay you for what you are doing, and give you success.