Victoria Police Department Chief (VicPD) Del Manak said he was still dealing with an incident on Saturday afternoon in which a woman poured cash at him from behind.
According to a statement from VicPD, Manak was attending a commemorative event in honor of Chantel Moore at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Manak, attending the memorial at the invitation of Moore’s mother, suffered no physical harm in the assault, which occurred at 2 p.m. after a covering ceremony.
Five people taken into custody following the incident have since been released.
Manak has said on social media that he will not let this “loose incident” define him or define VicPD agents in general. The assault, which was filmed, was condemned by Moore’s mother, who called it “terrible and unacceptable”.
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and Esquimalt Mayor Barbara Desjardins also released a statement in their role as co-chairs of the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Commission, saying the law had upset and saddened them.
“It is unacceptable,” they said. âWe recognize that there is a long history of mistrust between the police in Canada and Indigenous communities. We know there is a lot of healing to be done. This is precisely why the Chief was invited by Moore’s family to participate in the memorial; he has worked closely with them since his death and they immediately and publicly denounced this act of violence against Chief Manak.
Still dealing with what happened. This cowardly incident will not define me or our @vicpdcanada officers. Grateful to the Chantel Moore family for standing up for me, to our community for their outpouring of love and support and to the brave and dedicated #VicPD officers who shine 24/7. https://t.co/qAEEobD05B
– Del Manak (@ChiefManak) September 19, 2021
Police shot dead Moore, 26, of Port Alberni on June 4, 2020 in Edmundston, New Brunswick, during a welfare check. Authorities did not lay criminal charges against the police officers involved after finding that they had acted “reasonable in the circumstances.” According to the police, Moore was threatening the officers with a knife.
The memorial to the British Columbia Legislature was part of a larger event featuring several hundred people calling attention to Moore’s special case and the relationship between police and Indigenous Canadians.
VicPD said in a statement that it is working closely with local Indigenous communities to rebuild trust and understanding through anti-stigma training for Indigenous youth, participation in events and ceremonies with the Indigenous Coalition. to end homelessness and other learning opportunities.
“We call on all members of the community to step back from the attacks and express their differences of opinion with respect and in a way that will help build understanding and allow much needed healing,” it read.
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