Data indicates police carding practices are racialized
While the province has just released a report summarizing the results of their public engagement progress on how to promote unbiased policing, data from Vancouver Police Department show that street checks, also known as carding, happen to Indigenous and Black people at a disproportionately high rate.
In March and April, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General invited the public to fill out a questionnaire on how to promote unbiased policing as part of new policing standards being developed across the province. The new report summarized 231 responses as well as a number of expert submissions.
The report shows the majority of respondents found all suggestions for improving bias to be important or very important, including training officers in diverse community needs and engaging with communities on their policing priorities.
Indigenous people, who make up two per cent of the Vancouver population, made up 16 per cent of street checks; and Black people, who make up just one per cent of the population, made up five per cent. Full breakdown at thestar.com/vancouver