IN­VES­TI­GA­TION URGED INTO PO­LICE CARD­ING IN VANCOUVER

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In­dige­nous and civil rights groups have asked B.C.’s po­lice com­plaints com­mis­sioner to in­ves­ti­gate racial dis­par­ity in the Vancouver po­lice’s use of street checks. The Union of B.C. In­dian Chiefs and the B.C. Civil Lib­er­ties As­so­ci­a­tion say In­dige­nous and black peo­ple are over-rep­re­sented in the po­lice prac­tice, of­ten re­ferred to as card­ing. The com­plaint is based on a re­lease of data un­der a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest that shows 15 per cent of all card­ing con­ducted be­tween 2008 and 2017 was of In­dige­nous peo­ple, yet they make up just two per cent of the pop­u­la­tion. Métis grand­mother Elaine Durocher, pic­tured, part of the group call­ing for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said, “Poverty is not a crime, home­less­ness is not a crime, be­ing a per­son of colour is not a crime.”

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