Vancouver Police Board told to change handcuff rules after arrest of Indigenous man

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The Vancouver Police Board will hear Thursday a report recommending the force change its handcuff policy following the arrest of an Indigenous man and his 12-year-old granddaughter at a bank in 2019.

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The police board says it began a review of the department’s protocol when Maxwell Johnson and his granddaughter were handcuffed after trying to open an account at the Bank of Montreal using a government-issued status card.

The board’s report later determined that there was no criminal activity involved and that it began to revise its handcuff policy following the arrest and subsequent media attention.


The new policy recommends that handcuffs be used when appropriate, proportionate to the risk and necessary to serve a legitimate policing purpose, when the officer believes the use of cuffs is necessary.

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Johnson filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal last year alleging that the bank called 911 over an issue of identity because they are indigenous, while it accused police of racial profiling that led to their detention. is taken and handcuffs are used.

The police department issued a statement after the rights case began, saying the circumstances were “regrettable” and understandably painful for Johnson and his family.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 20, 2021.

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