BC Lions defensive coordinator Ryan Phillips accuses Surrey RCMP of racial profiling

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BC Lions defense coordinator Ryan Phillips has publicly accused the Surrey Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) of racial profiling after an incident on Sunday morning.

In the thread of tweets Starting at 5:23 a.m. local time, Phillips claimed he was stopped without explanation and called for support, before being handcuffed by officers. He has not been arrested and it does not appear that any charges have been brought against him.

It’s honestly a huge shame about the racial profiling I just experienced from Surrey RCMP She literally pulled out for no reason and when asked she didn’t get an explanation. He called four police officers to a black man himself and after all this craziness I still have no explanation why,” Phillips Publishing.

I am far from aware of violence This was happening in Surrey. But the way SARY RCMP Just illegal and ridiculous behaviour. When I expressed myself as a black man from the states where I felt cut short, they decided to handcuff me as if they were the victim or the threat.”

if it was SARY RCMP I think this is over and my voice won’t be heard, they have something else coming. I’ve seen them do this to players and now to myself. It’s a complete jerk and abuse of power. a period”

In a subsequent reply to one of the concerned followers, A frustrated Phillips insisted that he was not physically aggressive with the officers and that his race played a role in their reaction.

“It was horrible and pretty obvious to say the least. I’m going to ask this question. If a man voices his concerns, asks for logic and the number is greater than 4 to 1, what threatens you? No weapon, no talk of physical assault or intent. But you feel the need to restrict your hands?” He asked rhetorically.

Also I can add zero aggressiveness Since the beginning of the conversation why do you feel the need to call 3 more officers? Whatever help you think is needed, why would you need 3 more? I’m supposed to be okay with that and not feel threatened or stereotyped. [thinking emoji] be realistic.”

Phillips declined an interview request from 3ownNationHe said the incident was a personal matter.

Surrey RCMP responded to a request for comment on Monday afternoon with Assistant Commissioner Brian Edwards, reporting the following.

We are aware of a series of public social media posts, posted by an individual claiming to have been racially profiled and pulled without reason by Surrey Police officers in the early morning hours of 9/11. These are serious allegations.

Anyone who believes that the level of police service has decreased significantly is encouraged to report their concerns to us, so that they can be fully reviewed and examined. There are many processes in place to ensure a full and transparent review. This includes independent oversight through the RCMP’s Civil Review and Complaints Committee, an independent agency not part of the RCMP.

Looking at the social media posts, I feel it is necessary, however, to clarify police actions for the purpose of maintaining public confidence in the work of the police in Surrey, and the actions of our officers. This can be a delicate balance but I feel it is necessary in this case.

Subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act, I am limited by the details I can provide in response to this social media post.

I’ll explain that the traffic stop was triggered by one of our officers’ observation of erratic driving behavior on several blocks. I am sure that the documents provided to the driver by the police at that time explain the reasons for the stop and any proceedings for the dispute.

The file is well documented and based on what I have reviewed, I am satisfied that the officers acted very reasonably and met the standards of the RCMP Service in this interaction. They were carrying out their duties to ensure public safety in the city of Surrey. Again, I cannot provide additional details as the driver still has the right to his privacy regarding this matter.

In November 2021, the British Columbia Human Rights Commissioner released a report Detailed “disturbing” pattern of racial discrimination By county-level police services, including Surrey. While only 1.8 percent of city residents identify as black, this demographic accounts for five percent of all arrests.

Surrey has been in the process of moving away from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police since 2018 and creating her own municipal police service. The city is home to the Lions training facility, with many players living nearby.

Phillips first joined the Lions coaching staff in 2019 as a defensive coach, and has been officially promoted to defensive coordinator this season.

Born in Seattle, Washington, he has had a 13-year career in the Canadian Football League, 12 of which came in British Columbia, has been a Western Division All-Star five times and a NFL honor four times, retiring as the team’s all-time record holder in Return yards interception and defensive landing.

Phillips won two Gray Cups with the Lions as a player in 2006 and 2011.