Racialized communities in British Columbia are over-policed and under-protected.

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) has just 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.”

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.

It’s time to bring an end to these practices.

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.

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Dear Premier John Horgan, Attorney General David Eby, Solicitor General Mike Farnworth,

Cc: Mayor Gregor Robertson

The provincial government has an important role to play in regulating policing practices, to ensure an end to racial bias in policing.

We call on the BC government to:

Conduct a province-wide study on the practice of street checks

  • The government must review the current policies and practices relating to street checks and investigate how those practices are experienced by people on the ground, in communities across BC.
  • This investigation must be done by independent experts who have expertise in working with racialized communities on issues of systemic discrimination, analyzing questions of discrimination, and the best practices in evidence-based policing.
  • This investigation should include an audit and analysis of available street check data held by police forces across BC. 

Develop a policy to end discriminatory policing that looks to other jurisdictions for guidance on street check legislation

  • The provincial government of Ontario passed a regulation to the Police Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.15, to limit the practice of carding. The regulation imposes a positive duty on police officers to tell a person being street checked that they do not have to provide their personal information to the officer.

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