VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Indigenous man who was arrested at BMO’s Burrard branch in Downtown Vancouver last year while trying to open an account for his 12-year-old granddaughter is now filing a human rights complaint.
During the incident, both Maxwell Johnson and his granddaughter were handcuffed. The incident led to a police complaint commissioner investigation and an apology from BMO, but in a statement, Johnson says “we are filing these human rights complaints to seek justice for our family, our community, and First Nations, and so that other people of colour can feel safe.”
“Human rights tribunals need to hold institutions accountable for systemic racism,” says Johnson. “Visible minorities are under constant threat of racial profiling by organizations, and discrimination by police.”