Victoria police officer files human rights complaint

Const. David Bratzer is an outspoken member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

  • Oct. 29, 2013 3:00 p.m.

A Victoria police officer who openly supports drug legalization is filing a human rights complaint against the department’s top cops.

VicPD Const. David Bratzer is an outspoken member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, an international organization that advocates for drug legalization.

In his complaint to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, Bratzer says he was restricted from participating in a harm reduction forum at Victoria City Hall in 2010 by Chief Const. Jamie Graham, and was told by Graham and Insp. Jamie Pearce to seek approval before speaking publicly on matters that contradict police board policy positions.

A tribunal hearing date has not yet been set.