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Vancouver police under scrutiny after demises of numerous young Indigenous females

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Key takeaways: 

  • The latest tragedies have the deaths of Noelle O’Soup, 14, and Kwemcxenalqs (Kwem) Manuel-Gottfriedson, 24.
  • Manuel-Gottfriedson was found in a building around East Hastings Street and Hawks Avenue last Saturday; her demise is subject to a significant offenses squad investigation.

A series of recent casualties and disappearances of young Indigenous females in Vancouver has advocates and families asking whether police learned many of the lessons — or applied advice of multiple reports — from earlier tragedies.

The Assembly of First Nations, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and now the ex-head of the region’s Missing Women Commission of Inquiry have urged reforms to how police manage missing person cases.

The latest tragedies have the extinction of 14-year-old Noelle O’Soup, and Kwemcxenalqs (Kwem) Manuel-Gottfriedson, 24.

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A series of recent casualties and disappearances of young Indigenous females in Vancouver has advocates and families asking whether police learned many of the lessons — or applied advice of multiple reports — from earlier tragedies

O’Soup was seen dead in an apartment at the corner of Heatley Avenue and Hastings Street on May 1 but is supposed to have died sometime before — flashing a police code of conduct inquiry into one officer who allegedly failed to see her while probing the apartment.

Manuel-Gottfriedson was seen in a building around East Hastings Street and Hawks Avenue last Saturday; her demise is subject to a significant crime investigation.

Source – CBC News

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