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DJ Qualls

Vancouver PD Beat Me Up

For No Reason!

9/24/2011 4:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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DJ Qualls posted dozens of messages to his Twitter page early this morning, detailing what he says was an unwarranted beat down he took from a Vancouver police officer.

Qualls -- best known for his roles in "Road Trip" and "Memphis Beat" -- says he witness a fight in the street and tried to ID one of the attackers to a police officer, but that officer immediately turned on him and threatened to arrest him. He claims the officer tackled him to the ground, busted his face, handcuffed him and "Taunted me for 1/2hr b4 the ambulance came. I was held, no calls, no attorney. AND I had to pay an $800 ER bill. Free healthcare, Canada?"

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Qualls, who ID'd the officer by name, said he plans on taking the matter up with internal affairs and wants to be reimbursed for his hospital bills.

Calls to Vancouver PD were not returned.

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A rep for the Vancouver PD tells TMZ they are "not aware of the incident" or "who Mr Qualls is." The rep went on to say they encourage anyone who feels like they have a complaint against the department to file a report, but would not comment any further.

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Melnick    

I hope they get the guy. As for 'free' health care, it's only if you are a citizen, and even then you pay through the nose for it in high taxes. And limited service. And slow. And you can't find a family doctor. And half the services aren't covered in the 'free' part. And so on...

1042 days ago
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moonshake    

uh - free healthcare if you're a Canadian citizen. He's not. also ever heard of buying travel insurance? idiot.

1042 days ago
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Zach Swan    

Snitches end up in ditches. Or evidently, in this case, get an attitude adjustment from a VPD officer.

1042 days ago
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Josie    

Hey DJQUALLS Us CANADIANS Do Have Free Health Care And We Only Pay For Stuff Like Plastic Surgery If It's To Enhance Ourselve's But In A Car Accident Or Something It's FREE ! It's Too Bad The United States Government Has LIED TO ALL American's About Canadian Health Care Maybe All YOU Reporter Types Should Do Proper Investigation On Why Canadian Health Care Is Far Better Than The US ! And DJQ Get Travel Insurance Before You Leave Your Country !

1042 days ago
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DavidLemley    

Well it doesn't surprise me about the VPD officer giving him a beating. As a Vancouverite, I know our cops are notorious assclowns on a power trip. He should be thankful he didn't get tasered or shot.

And yeah, as for free health care, its not specifically free. If you're not on the provincial health care, you have to pay for it. And for the idiots here saying they can't find a family doctor, or the services are limited, etc. I've had no issues finding a family doctor. I've never been rejected for a service, and never had to wait more than an hour at an ER.

1042 days ago
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Nancy    

Who the hell is DJ Qualls?

1042 days ago
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azriel    

I think this is awful. Vancouver police are probably still all P.O.'d over the riots and taking it out on people.
As for the whole Canadian Healthcare sucks. I am Canadian, I have a family doctor, my son has a pediatrician and he was born premature and spent time in the NICU and I didn't get a single bill. He also has health issues and his medication would cost $80/month but it's covered. So is his physical therapy.

1042 days ago
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Justice_4_Kelly    

Police officers in the western world are out of control and never held accountable for their actions. They can lie, deny and cover up and the justice system will support them no matter what.


Officers like Fullerton Police Officer Kenton Hampton (google it) falsely accused a man of being under the influence simply because he made a comment that Hampton didnt like.


These aren't isolated incidents, citizens are routinely sexually assaulted, beaten, falsely arrested and NOTHING, NADA, ZILCH is done.


And don't give me that BS about "good cops" and "dont call 911 if you ever need help". The system is set up where "good cops" are harassed, fired and even black listed from law enforcement because they reported crimes committed by their colleagues.


Also if calling 911 means I could be threatened and beaten to death like Kelly Thomas, tazered to death like Allen Kephart or shot to death for sitting on porch holding a hose nozzle like Doug Zerby, then maybe I won't call 911.

1042 days ago
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Sonja    

He's not a Canadian citizen why would anyone expect him to get free health care?

1042 days ago
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SLH    

the policeman must have seen "All About Steve" ... in that case, fair enough

1042 days ago
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Ghost Rider    

I am better than that Police officer, without there badge and uniform they are nobody.

1042 days ago
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CarneyIsGod    

Police corruption at it's finest.

1042 days ago
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kayla    

Vancouver cops are horrible lol. But just every knows.. we do have free health care in Canada... but if your not A Canadian citizen, then you wont be covered obviously... I have had so many health issues and have never once paid a medical bill... that's just ridiculous... American's are so badly lied to about our healthcare, and it's only because they're government is so horribly terrified of socialism lol...

1042 days ago
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Dawg    

Dj, Your lucky he didn't tazer you! You see here in Canada The Police are all douchebags. Google, Kelowna Police kick man in the face. Or London Police tazer youth. Or,Or ,Or,
Canada is a Police State. F U Mr Harper.

1042 days ago
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ChunkyLightning    

Healthcare on any level isn't free. As a citizen you receive it paid for by tax dollars. As a non citizen he wouldn't receive it. Canada like most progressive western countries except the U.S. believes that "all" citizens should receive certain levels of service paid for by those who have the means to pay and shouldn't allow someone with a large bank account to pay for services before, out of turn or need. The fact is you have to leave or move back if a police officer asks you too. This isn't just in Canada as two people in the U.S. have been arrested for the same thing recently. That said it sounds (only hear one side) like the level of force used was way out of line and should be dealt with. In Canada it's illegal to have a gun, pepper spray, taser, butterfly knifes, switchblade knifes. So police officers don't have the same level of fear from ordinary citizens.
The truth is that Vancouver has had a problem with drugs for years and more than likely some stupid cop didn't recognize him thought he was a mouthy junky and roughed him up.
Also a warning to any American that decides to leave the country you don't receive American rights once you leave. In Canada for example there is no Miranda rights that demand you have a lawyer. You have the right to contact a lawyer and ask if you should invoke your right to not say anything or if you should partake in a line up or a lie detector test but you can't stop an interogation to wait for a particular lawyer if he can't get to the station in a certain period of time. (although the fact you don't have to answer questions means you can just say that you wont tal*****il you have a lawyer with you)

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