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Watchdog orders probe of handcuffing of Indigenous grandfather, 12-year-old at Vancouver bank –

by ahnationtalk on January 14, 2020153 Views

January 14, 2020

B.C.’s police watchdog has ordered an investigation into the detention and handcuffing of an Indigenous grandfather and his 12-year-old granddaughter when they tried to open an account at a Vancouver BMO branch.

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) says it became aware of the Dec. 20 incident through both media reports and public complaints.

“It is important that there be a thorough and independent investigation of this matter,” said Deputy Police Complaints Commissioner Andrea Spindler.

“The investigation will carefully examine and assess the circumstances of this incident including the legal authority to detain, arrest and use restraining devices such as handcuffs as well as any relevant questions of policy or training.”

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