VIDEO: Undercover Vancouver Police officer Mark Horsley uncovers kindness in Downtown Eastside

by John Brodgian | July 18, 2015 12:45 pm

People are amazing.  A police officer posed as a homeless man to catch criminals.  What he found instead[1]? Random strangers who wanted to help him with money and prayer, among other things…


A police officer who posed as a disabled man to catch thieves plaguing Vancouver’s troubled Downtown Eastside was hit with unexpected kindness and compassion instead. Police launched the undercover assignment last spring after a string of attacks and robberies against people in wheelchairs. More than half of the crimes occurred in the city’s Downtown Eastside, a neighbourhood known for its large homeless population, street drugs, crime and prostitution.

For five days, Staff Sgt. Mark Horsley wheeled through the neighbourhood in a wheelchair. He told people he had a brain injury and couldn’t count and wore a waist wallet with money spilling out.

Expecting to encounter street thieves, Horsley, a 30-year police veteran, instead met men and women who looked out for him, gave him money and even prayed for him.

Watch the video below. It’s good to start the week with your faith in humanity restored!

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