A Change.org petition is making the rounds online, calling on the Waterloo Regional Police Service to cancel its diversity cruiser project.
The first of four vehicles was launched earlier this week, with Police Chief Bryan Larkin telling 570 NEWS the initiative also includes trading cards meant to educate the public on cultural and racial heritage.
Petitioner Jessica Hutchison is calling the project both deeply disturbing and disappointing.
She wrote on the Change.org petition: "Painting Black, Indigenous, and other racialized bodies onto police vehicles, which are tools used to disproportionately arrest and incarcerate Black and Indigenous peoples, is a slap in the face to local Black, Indigenous, and people of colour activists who have been calling for the WRPS to take meaningful action towards the reduction of harm and violence police inflict on their communities."
"This is not meaningful action."
Upset about the WRPS "Diversity Cruisers" and "trading cards"?— Jessica Hutchison (@Jessichutchison) April 2, 2021
Add your voice to the call to cancel the project and donate the total cost of the project to Black- and Indigenous-led community orgs/groups.
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