- 7:30 PM
Speakers: Aaron Chapman, author/historian
Decades before organized crime syndicates brought sensational drug wars to Vancouver, street gangs held sway over its unruly east side. None was considered tougher or more feared than the Clark Park gang, a wild, two-fisted crew of characters from Vancouver’s post-1960s counterculture.
In 1972, after a number of headline-making riots and clashes with police – including an infamous altercation outside a Rolling Stones concert – the Clark Parkers became the target of a secret undercover police squad. Their hostile interactions culminated in a notorious police shooting, resulting in the death of a Clark Park gang member. Chapman will present previously unpublished photos and police documents, and anecdotes told by surviving gang members and police officers who speak for the first time on the subject, making for a compelling portrait of the early 1970s that puts the spotlight on the after-dark underbelly of Vancouver’s not-so-distant criminal past.