For immediate release
VANCOUVER – Tomorrow, September 26, 2018, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (“UBCIC”) and the BC Civil Liberties Association (“BCCLA”) will be available for comment on the Vancouver Police Board’s response to the Vancouver Police Department’s report on street checks.
In June, the UBCIC and the BCCLA filed a complaint with the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner calling for an immediate investigation of the significant racial disparity revealed in Vancouver Police Department’s practice of “street checks” or police stops, often referred to as carding.
At the Vancouver Police Board meeting, the VPD will present its report on street checks to the Service & Policy Complaint Review Committee. This report is a response to the complaint filed by the UBCIC and the BCCLA, and contains recommendations for the Committee to adopt. The UBCIC and the BCCLA have requested that the Board initiate further studies, conducted by an independent body, that would include a study to document the experiences and effects of street checks on racialized communities.
Following the meeting of the Committee, representatives of the UBCIC and the BCCLA will be available for comment on the Board’s response to the VPD report.
WHAT: UBCIC and BCCLA comment on Vancouver Police Board’s response to VPD report on street checks.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 (following the SPCRC Committee meeting scheduled for 2:00 – 2:35 p.m.)
WHERE: Media Room, VPD Headquarters, 2120 Cambie St. Vancouver, BC
WHO: Representatives of the UBCIC and the BCCLA