Indigenous group condemns Saskatoon police over racial profiling allegation

A national indigenous organization is demanding that Saskatoon police publicly apologize to a man they say was him racially profiled by officers.

The Aboriginal Congress (CAP) said the story of William Favel, who says he was beaten up on a jaywalking allegation, is a clear example of police discrimination.

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“Racial discrimination and profiling are in the blood in all police departments in this country,” said Kim Beaudin, vice chief of the CAP, on Tuesday during a press conference.

“It’s a daily struggle for our people. Every flip day. “

CAP’s press conference came after Global News first shared Favel’s story last month.

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The Métis man said there was a confrontation with police on April 2 along 20th Street West in Pleasant Hill.

Favel said he was walking down the street when a Saskatoon police SUV passed him three times before stopping in front of him. As Favel crossed the street, he said the officers followed him, so he took out his phone and started recording.

In the video, Favel can be heard telling the officers to flee. The police tell him to relax, resist the arrest, and put his hands behind his back.

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After the recording ended, Favel said police officers threw him to the ground, hit his knee in the head and handcuffed him on a jaywalking allegation.

“You have hurt me physically and mentally, emotionally and spiritually,” said Favel during the press conference on Tuesday. “You really ruined me.”

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The Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) previously said Global News officials tried to arrest the man for disability for refusing to provide his personal information for the jaywalking ticket. After giving his information, he was given the jaywalking ticket but no further fee. CAP wants the ticket to be withdrawn.

‘You go in the’ hood you’re a crook ‘

Favel said officers told him he was suspected of being in a gang for wearing a green hoodie.

CAP claims that the police stopped Favel because he was visibly of indigenous descent and “served the ticket to cover up their wrongdoing,” the organization said in a press release.

“Just because you walk in the hood makes you a crook, according to the police,” said Beaudin.

“We don’t need these types of officials roaming our streets, especially in the area where indigenous peoples live.” [and] Work.”

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CAP demands that the officers involved be suspended or removed from the street. The SPS said the officers were still on duty.

CAP also wants the SPS to cover the consulting costs for Favel and his family. The single father said his two sons, 17 and 24, feared for their safety after learning what happened.

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“I can’t tell you it’s okay because it’s not okay,” he said. “[Police] traumatized me, now they have traumatized my children. “

Favel said he had been followed by police several times in the past few weeks.

He has filed a complaint with the Saskatchewan Public Complaints Commission. The SPS said it was waiting for the results.

“This independent process is important and must be able to take place so that all the details are known before we respond,” said SPS chief Troy Cooper in an earlier statement.

“We also have a supervisor who checks files and an evaluation of the use of forces that takes place internally.”

–With Ryan Kessler’s files

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