BC Civil Liberties Association calls to end random street checks

The BC Civil Liberties Association says random street checks need to end immediately.

Street checks refers to a practice where police can stop and question people on the street at random.

Latoya Farrell, legal counsel for the Civil Liberties Association, says there is no evidence that the checks help fight crime.

“What we do have is evidence of much harm it does to communities that are over-policed and under-protected,” says Farrell.

The Vancouver Police Board reviewed the checks and concluded they are a valuable tool for fighting crime.

The board plans to discuss the issue of street checks at its next meeting.

Video Journalist / Vancouver

A proud Métis from BC, Tina began her television career in 1997 as a talent agent for film and TV. She joined APTN National News in 2007 as a Video Journalist in the Vancouver bureau. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Amnesty International Human Rights Journalism Award for her story on murdered and missing women and girls.