Activists say police drew guns during 'No pipelines' graffiti raid

David Ball

Police confirmed they raided the East Vancouver home of four activists this week, but would not comment on residents' allegations that two of 16 officers pointed handguns at residents during a search related to "No Pipelines" graffiti.

The Vancouver Police Department said it executed a search warrant at the Parker Street house on Tuesday morning, taking four residents into custody. It did not confirm how many officers were involved.

According to a warrant left behind on the kitchen table, officers were searching for "graffiti vandalism paraphernalia" -- likely a reference to spray-painted slogans against bitumen and natural gas pipelines that have defaced walls and post boxes in the neighbourhood in recent years.