About 50 people took part in a rally and march from Pleasant Hill Park to Saskatoon City Hall Tuesday, marking an international day against police brutality.
Many called for an end to carding — the police practice of stopping people on the street and storing a record of the interaction.
Eileen Bear was among those taking part in the protest. Bear has been a vocal critic of the Saskatoon Police Service, alleging she was subjected to an aggressive police stop on 20th Street while on her way to a knitting class.
“People need to stand up for each other. You know, there’s a lot of people who are afraid to stand up,” she said.
Also attending the rally was 46-year-old Sheila Tataquason. She said her attitudes about police changed in August 2013 — when she alleges she was attacked by a police dog while sitting in her back yard.
Tataquason said she was taken to hospital and then put in police cells following the incident. She claimed the canine unit was looking for suspects in an armed robbery at a nearby gas station when they came into her yard.
“When I see police, I kind of want to stay away from them. I don’t want to talk to them, I don’t want to say ‘hi’ or anything,” she said, adding that her case remains before the courts.
The province is currently working on a policy around carding that will apply to all police services operating in Saskatchewan.