VPD face investigation over arrest of Indigenous 12-year-old and grandfather

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner has ordered an investigation into the detention and arrest of an Indigenous man and his 12-year-old granddaughter at a Vancouver branch of the Bank of Montreal.

The OPCC says it became aware of the incident through media reporting and several complaints from the public.

It says it has requested information from the Vancouver Police Department to determine if the actions of officers who made the arrests on Dec. 20 amount to misconduct.

The office says in a release that the investigation will consider any policies, procedures or training from the department or the Vancouver Police Board that may be a factor in officers handcuffing the girl and her grandfather.

“It is important that there be a thorough and independent investigation of this matter,” said deputy police complaint commissioner Andrea Spindler.

She said the investigation will carefully examine and assess the legal authority to detain, arrest and use restraining devices such as handcuffs on a 12-year-old girl.

In a phone interview with CBC News, Spindler said that the commission will look at what Vancouver Police Department Chief Const. Adam Palmer called “standard operating procedures” and look at how officers are trained.

The OPCC says the investigation will be conducted by the Delta Police Department. 

Last year, the commission received 487 complaints from the public and the commissioner ordered 79 investigations into police officers’ conduct. 

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