Independent report inconclusive on whether VPD street checks amount to racial profiling

The Vancouver Police Board endorsed an independent report Thursday that was inconclusive about whether Vancouver police officers engaged in biased policing and racial profiling during street checks.

The report was spurred by a complaint brought forward by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs following the release of data from a freedom of information request that showed Indigenous and black people are over-represented in street checks.

Police officers ask people for their identification during such checks, taking note of personal information.

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