Call Out locally and across Canada

“Have you been Red Zoned”?

Are you interested in filling out a police complaint form and join others who are standing up against social profiling, stigmatizing and criminalization of marginalized citizens?

Are you interested in helping organize or sharing your resources? We can sure use them on the front lines. We can use help to start a web site to help educate and stop the practice of red zoning, which was found to be unconstitutional in BC, yet the practice continues.

THAW Victoria, CTEHV and VIPIRG are in regular meetings with Acting VICPD Chief Del Manek in regards to concern over the unconstitutional practice of “Red Zoning”.

Here is the list we are currently going over with VICPD Acting Police Chief Del Manek:

1.What is your officers’ involvement in imposing, advocating for and policing “red zones”?

2.How many people are red zoned out of areas where there are shelters, free food, harm reduction equipment every year? (Pandora, Johnson, etc.)

3.How many times a year does those red zones result in people being arrested or having charges recommended for breach of their conditions?

4.How does your leadership ensure that red zones are not recommended, imposed or enforced in a way that prohibits people from accessing the necessities of life such as shelter, food, and community?

 5.What is the statistical breakdown between people who are red zoned (from entire areas – not just one address) who have no fixed address as opposed to people who have housing?

 6.The impression exists that it is mostly people living in poverty and engaging in criminal activity to meet their basic human needs or to feed an addiction who are subject to red zones. Has the police force ever correlated red zoning to income of those subjected to them? How is the police force ensuring that they are not socially profiling and over criminalizing people based on poverty?

7.It seems that red zones don’t stop people from needing shelter, food, services – just like abstinence conditions don’t stop people from having addictions – how do police ensure that they are not forcing people (through their enforcement of red zones) to shelter, use drugs, etc in more remote/dangerous locations or share injection equipment if red zoned away from harm reduction services?

8.Do your officers engage in stop-and-checks of peoples ID to assess whether they may be in breach of conditions?   (These would be stops that aren’t based on reasonable probable grounds that someone committed a crime, they are usually pitched as officers asking if people will ‘voluntarily’ show their ID, many people are unaware of their rights in these situations).

We are asking the VICPD to seriously consider policies such as these:

1.Not to red zone people from essential services such as shelter, food, housing, health care, social supports unless there are specific and significant public safety justifications for doing so. Such reasons should be significant due to the potential damage to the individual caused by red zoning them away from services.

2.Not to “stop and check” or ask for voluntary ID checks as such practices may result in social and/or racial profiling of some populations of people.

3.Not to impose sobriety requirements or “no paraphernalia” requirements on people living with addiction as such requirements can be nearly impossible to obey and negatively impact people purely on the basis of a disability – that being addiction. (I know that many people don’t like referring to addiction as a disability, but it is the legal angle for challenging how people who use drugs are treated and whether laws or policies are constitutional)

In our second meeting we discussed the need to help educate public as we work towards shifting away from this practice, which has been found to be unconstitutional, thru public education and awareness:

“Know Your Civil Rights With Police”What Are Your Rights in Filming Police?”

Are you able to host or help organize a “Do You Know Your Civil Rights and, What Are Your Rights In Filming The Police?” workshop/training in your city/community/town?

We’d also recommend inviting Civil Liberties groups, Advocacy groups, Women’s Centres, Harm Reduction groups, First Nations Services, Disability Resource Centres and Advocacy Groups, Multi Cultural Centres, Intercultural Centres, Faith Communities as well as Community Centres.

Many citizens are asking THAW Victoria about their rights and responsibilities regarding filming of police.

You can invite Kim A. Hines from THAW Victoria or Jennifer Allan from Cop Watch Vancouver to attend a police rights training or a public information session, we are offering to facilitate such public meetings. We did our first sessions and trainings this past November 26 and 27th in Lkwungen WSANEC Territories.

To Book Us: email