On Sunday, March 12th, Vancouver Unitarians signed letters that call on the Premier, local MLAs and other officials to change the policing approach when it comes to de-escalating mental health crises.
March 12th marked the 4 month anniversary of Dani Cooper’s (DeeCee) death. Dani died after being shot by police during an episode of psychosis. The Social Justice team set up a table in Hewett Hall that displayed the sign “Justice for DeeCee Spirit Zone”. People stopped by to sign pre-written letters to officials and to learn more about who Dani was and what we can do to support.
Dennis Cooper, Dani’s father, made this video for Vancouver Unitarians. Please watch it and share it with those who might be inspired to write letters and/or want to gain a better understanding of the reality of police involvement in mental health crises.
The North Shore Unitarian congregation, of which Dani was a member, has posted more information on their website.
Vancouver Unitarians will continue to hold the 12th of each month as a day to raise awareness of this tragedy and suggest changes that could lessen the chance of future similar tragedies.
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