Human rights groups slam Vancouver police ‘street check’ policy – Vancouver Is Awesome

by ahnationtalk on January 24, 202046 Views

B.C. Civil Liberties Association lawyer: ‘We believe it misses the mark’

Two organizations that advocate strongly for human rights say a new policy on how Vancouver police conduct street checks is flawed and needs to be revised or scrapped to ensure innocent people don’t get interrogated by officers.

Representatives from the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs held a news conference Thursday outside the Vancouver police’s Cambie Street precinct to criticize the policy, which came into effect earlier this month.

“We believe that it misses the mark,” said lawyer Latoya Farrell of the civil liberties association.

“The proof that street checks work is anecdotal at best. We are really concerned with the need to hold on to this tool.”

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