Ad­vo­cates hope card­ing is con­demned as in­de­pen­dent re­view of po­lice un­der­way

StarMetro Vancouver - - VANCOUVER - CHERISE SEUCHARAN

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

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