“There has been zero consultation with First Nations communities. I think that the writing’s on the wall that this is being rushed. And I think there’s even still some gray areas as to how they’re accountable.” – Chief Don Tom, VP of the B.C. Union of Chiefs
Tom cited the Bank of Montreal incident where a 12-year-old Indigenous girl and her grandfather were arrested after attempting to open a bank account. He said that the incident exhibited the VPD’s strained relationship with marginalized communities in the Greater Vancouver area.
BCCLA calls for more accountability
Chief Tom joined members of the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) gathered outside the VPD building on Thursday to address VPD’s ‘Street Checks and Police Stops’ policy. They called for stricter accountability measures for officers who breach the guidelines.
LaToya Farrell, a member of BCCLA’s staff council for policy, drew attention to implementing a comprehensive complaint process for individuals who were treated unfairly and reliable ways to track street check data. She also acknowledged that there are barriers, even with an improved complaint system.