A 39-year-old Indigenous man and his mother say they went to an East Vancouver Walmart on Mother's Day in 2019 to buy some patio furniture and food to celebrate the holiday.
Instead, they say they were racially profiled, arrested and, in the man's case, beaten by Vancouver police officers, after a security guard falsely accused them of shoplifting.
The pair say they were later released without charges after presenting their receipt.
The allegations are detailed in a B.C. Supreme Court lawsuit filed Wednesday by Shane Robertson and his mother, 61-year-old Margaret Deneault, against the Vancouver Police Department and Walmart Canada. None of the claims have been proven in court.