Racial profiling behind violent arrest at Vancouver Walmart: Indigenous mom

VANCOUVER -- A Lower Mainland woman is raising questions about racial profiling by Walmart security guards and Vancouver police after she and her son were accused of theft and violently arrested — even though they had a receipt.

A series of six videos taken by passersby and obtained by the Aboriginal People’s Television Network show part of the chaos outside the Grandview Highway Walmart on Mother’s Day, 2019, where Margaret Denault and her family were shopping for patio furniture.

Those videos have prompted questions from a use of force expert about the legality of police actions that day, and attention from B.C.’s Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner.

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