Advocates hope carding is condemned as independent review of police underway
that a third-party review of street checks by the Vancouver Police Department will bring results similar to those from a recent Ontario study that condemned the practice.
Just days after Ontario Justice Michael Tulloch released a 300-page report that concluded the province’s streetcheck policy did not reduce rates of crime and actually had a negative impact on marginalized communities, the Vancouver Police Board has signed on with a consulting firm for its own review of street checks.
“I expect they’ll find exactly the same thing ... It has been exercised in ways that have been largely biased,” said June Francis, associate professor at Simon Fraser University.
On Thursday, police board executive director Patti Marfleet confirmed to Starmetro that consulting group Pyxis has signed on to conduct the independent investigation, which will start in January and conclude in July. Review follows complaints. thestar.com/vancouver