Native leaders are calling for a complete overhaul of
the police system in B.C. in the wake of a highly critical report on
the death of an aboriginal man in Vancouver a decade ago.

 

 

The Assembly of First Nations, the First Nations
Summit and the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs say the system failed Frank
Paul, who died of exposure after being dumped by police in an alley in
December of 1998.

 

 

The groups say the report by former judge William
Davies reveals serious flaws in the police system and they want his
recommendations implemented quickly.

 


They're calling for a civilian agency to investigate police-related deaths and more help for chronic alcoholics.

They want a review on whether criminal charges should
be laid in connection to Paul's death and a consideration of
compensation for Paul's family.

The groups believe the B.C. government should also
drop its court challenge of a bid by Davies to question Crown
prosecutors about why no charges were laid 10 years ago.