Pacific Centre incident: Our response

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We have received numerous requests for comments regarding our story on the Vancouver Police searching for three men seen at Pacific Centre Mall. Vancity Buzz is able to offer further clarification regarding our role in the matter.

On January 14, we were sent an internal Vancouver Police Department memo being widely circulated among law enforcement agencies. After speaking with a member of the VPD connected to this matter, the validity and language of the memo was confirmed. At that time, the officer acknowledged awareness that an article was forthcoming that would contain this information and photographs. There was no objection to our publishing raised during this call nor in any subsequent contact with VPD.

Shortly after the initial article appeared on our site, the VPD’s media team prepared a release on the matter, which was sent to, and reported by, Vancouver media outlets, including Vancity Buzz. We spoke with VPD’s media team on the morning of January 15 to confirm the chain of events, and provided them with details regarding how we obtained VPD confirmation of the memo.

We welcome the news that the men in question have since been located and their actions deemed “completely innocent.”

Farhan Mohamed

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Farhan Mohamed Editor-in-Chief & Partner at Vancity Buzz. Vancouverite and Canucks fan since birth. Always looking for a way to better our community, both locally and globally. Have a story to tell?

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