B.C. First Nations demand inquiry into man's death
Monday, March 22, 2004

The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs led a vigil in Vancouver on Friday to call for an inquiry into the death of Native man.

First Nations leaders said Solicitor General Rich Coleman should resign for his handling of Frank Paul's case. Coleman last week rejected an inquiry sought by B.C.'s top police commissioner. Two years ago, he said an inquiry would raise claims of discrimination.

Paul, 47, was a member of the Big Cove First Nation in New Brunswick. He was taken into police custody in early December 1998 for public drunkenness. Police later dumped him in an alley on a cold and rainy night, and he later died of hypothermia. A videotape shows police dragging him out of the police station.

Get the Story:
Frank Paul case sparks protest (CBC 3/20)

Relevant Documents:
Frank Joseph Paul: REASONS FOR DECISION (January 20, 2004)

Relevant Links:
Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs -

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