British Columbia: B-C’s human rights commissioner is launching an inquiry into police use of force against racialized minorities and people with
mental health issues.
Kasari Govender says the inquiry comes as a result of a 2021 study by her office, which found a disturbing pattern of discrimination in policing in the province.
Govender says the data is aimed at quantifying the use of force by police when dealing with certain minority groups, and the result will inform recommendations to address systemic discrimination.
The 2021 report found that Indigenous, black and West-Asian people were all overrepresented in arrests and chargeable incidents in an analysis of data from five police jurisdictions.
(The Canadian Press)