In a media release from Tim Stevenson, city councillor and NDP candidate in Vancouver Burrard pieced together the following information from media reports and witnesses of the incident;
Mayencourt was not approached by the panhandler, he watched the panhandler approaching others and decided to take action. Mayencourt then apparently followed the panhandler down Davie Street, yelling at him. The panhandler appears to have entered an alley to get away from Mayencourt. However Mayencourt followed him and shortly thereafter the panhandler hit Mayencourt on the cheek. The incident's duration of time is unknown, as is Lorne's state of mind during the confrontation.
Stevenson then went on to ask Lorne to release the 911 tapes ...
"We are heading into a Provincial election and Lorne's constituents deserve to know what happened that night. He should request the tapes of his 911 calls be released so there is more clarity on the evening's events. As elected officials we have a responsibility to set a positive example, and that does not include harassing peaceful panhandlers."
Stevenson's City Council colleague and long time advocate against homelessness, Jim Green, echoed his call. "Frankly, I'm shocked by what might have transpired between Lorne Mayencourt and the unknown panhandler." Said Green. "Lorne has been complicit with his government's cuts that have increased the number of homeless on the streets, and now he is making the streets even less safe by taking vigilante actions that only heighten the level of tension and fear between panhandlers and commuters. Perhaps we should consider an aggressive MLA by-law."
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