Editor’s Note: The Instagram post included below contains offensive language.
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A complaint has been filed with the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner after a woman says she was the target of a racially-fuelled road rage incident, which she claims police officers didn’t take seriously.
It happened on Friday afternoon at the intersection of Kingsway and Nanaimo Street.
Maggie tells NEWS 110 she was driving when she was suddenly cut off by another driver, so she flashed her lights and shook her head at the female driver.
The two continued driving, but once they came to a stop at the intersection, Maggie glanced at the other driver, who had left her vehicle and began hitting Maggie’s car while screaming racial insults at her.
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*HELP since @vancouverpd won’t do anything and I’m at a loss..* covid hate crime? — Swipe for story and video of this racist woman who kept verbally attacking me calling me a chink and vandalizing my car + the rude, condescending, bias, unhelpful VPD Officer Filzer (2297) and Officer Vorofh (2873). The officers are not going to give this woman ANY consequence and I’m unsure if icbc will take the claim and fix my car because they won’t proceed with the case. Either way it was more about how shitty my experience with both her and the officers were today. I’m the victim but the officers made me feel like it was completely my fault and kept sticking by that woman’s side. I’ve been feeling like shit since it happened and I can’t stop replaying how the officer called me an idiot while I was still rattled and shocked from what happened earlier. Not sure what else to do, but to spread awareness of their behaviour… not to mention he just walks away while I was mid sentence and leaves me standing there. She should not be on the road if she gets triggered by someone shaking their head at her.
Maggie avoided eye contact throughout the interaction while the woman continued to act violently before eventually walking away.
“She went back to her car, I got a photo of her right away, and she drove off, cut me off again, and again we were going the same way at that time. And that’s when I called the cops.”
After continuing along for a few more blocks, the other driver “turned and tried to run away,” according to Maggie.
Later a dispatcher informed Maggie officers will patrol the area, another officer called her to check-in and ask if there was any damage to the car.
“I told him I didn’t know because I didn’t get out of the car to check. He tells me that you can pull over and check if you want and I did,” she says.
After pulling over, Maggie saw scratches and informed the officer when he said he would meet her to see them.
Once officers arrived, Maggie claims after a quick look, “maybe 10 seconds maximum,” the officers said, “it’s fine it’s nothing.”
The officers with Maggie continued to ask for her statement but she says she was disappointed with their questions.
“The first question he asked was, ‘were you speeding?’ And at no point in the whole conversation did he ask, ‘was I okay?'”
Maggie says the officer then continued to come up with scenarios that would have motivated the other woman.
“He tried to make every scenario trying to basically say that I’m the one who provoked her. I’m the one who caused the incident,” she says.
“He also mentioned my prior driving history, which I thought was independent and irrelevant to the whole case. I don’t know why my prior driving history and what I drive would matter to the case.”
Maggie says the officer’s reaction made her feel they were attempting to incriminate her and say she deserved the assault.
“He basically undermines my entire experience.”
After ignoring questions and said she was wasting the officer’s time, eventually, the officer walked away and drove off.
“And I just sat there,” she said. ” I couldn’t really process what was happening at that time.”
“They missed the main issue, which was her being racist and threatening me.”
Maggie claims officers suggested she close the case and not contact ICBC.
“So right now I’m just stuck, and I don’t believe other actions was correct. I’ve already forward a complaint to OPCC so I’m hoping that something can be done with these two officers.”
She says her hope is the officers involved will show more empathy in the future.
“I just felt very bad when I came home. I felt like nothing was done. I didn’t get help. It just happened to me and they didn’t care,” she says.
“In my eyes, it was not small. This is probably one of the most damaging kinds of interaction I had on the road.”
The VPD has confirmed officers responded to the incident.
“Two drivers did get into a confrontation and had a verbal dispute. There is was no physical assault and VPD officers did attend speaking with both drivers,” a statement provided to NEWS 1130 reads.
“This incident is under investigation and there has been no arrests in this incident.”