End discrimination in policing

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End discriminatory street checks

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... End discriminatory Police Checks

For years, racialized communities in BC have told us they are over-policed and under-protected.

Now we finally have data to support their lived experiences. After years of denial that this data exists, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) released a decade of data that shows the significant over-representation of Indigenous and Black people in the rates of “street checks”, often referred to as “carding.”

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Elaine Durocher, a Métis grandmother and board member of Downtown Eastside Women’s Center, explained:

“As Indigenous people and people of colour living in poverty, we are routinely stopped by the police on every block for no reason other than to question and intimidate us. For Indigenous women surviving colonial gendered violence street checks are yet one more way that we are over-policed and under-protected on our own lands.”

This isn’t just a long-term problem in Vancouver. For years communities in Rural and Northern BC have reported a history of negative police interactions, including RCMP disproportionately stopping and surveilling Indigenous people.

We are calling on the BC government to develop policies that will ensure an end to racial bias in policing and the disproportionate use of surveillance tactics against marginalized communities.

Sign our petition to end discriminatory policing.

The time has come for concrete action and change to end discrimination in policing. Thank you for standing with us.

Sincerely,

Dylan Mazur
Community Lawyer

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