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Delta police chief's wife offers apology after a racially motivated altercation with a South Asian woman at Centennial Beach

Darpan News Desk Darpan, 27 Jun, 2020
  • Delta police chief's wife offers apology after a racially motivated altercation with a South Asian woman at Centennial Beach

The wife of Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord is being investigated by the RCMP after she allegedly hurled insults at Kiran Sidhu and sprayed her with a hose, according to Sidhu's allegations.

Mounties are looking into an alleged assault by the wife of Delta’s police chief against a Richmond schoolteacher Kiran Sidhu in Tsawwassen three weeks ago.

The incident allegedly took place  on June 6 and involved Lorraine Dubord, a teacher who lives in Surrey and wife of Chief Neil Dubord. 

A portion of what took place was caught on video and posted to Facebook. According to Sidhu’s allegations, Lorraine Dubord, wife of Chief Neil Dubord, allegedly hurled insults at Kiran Sidhu and sprayed her with a hose. 

In an email Cpl El Sturko said that the Surrey RCMP were contacted to conduct an independent investigation into the alleged assault.

“We will not be releasing details about the individuals involved or details of the allegations at this time,” Sturko said. “We are committed to doing a thorough investigation and while we cannot predict an exact date for our investigative tasks to be complete, our officers will work diligently to complete their work in a timely manner.”

Sidhu said that she had been at a socially distanced picnic at Centennial Beach that day. The tide came in as she was leaving, forcing her to climb onto some rocks to get to her car. Those rocks were along the property line of the Dubord family’s home. Sidhu alleged Dubord yelled at her to get off the rocks but she had nowhere to go. Dubord then insulted her, returned with a garden hose and sprayed her, Sidhu said “My face was wet, my hair was wet … it was just so shocking,”  “She is an adult woman, I’m an adult woman. I was made to feel so unwelcome in these white spaces, which is something I’m aware of being a racialized woman in these white spaces as a teacher, as an active member of my union and I work on changing that.”

Sidhu said she filed a complaint with Delta police, which prompted the RCMP inquiry.

On Thursday, Dubord offered a written apology for how she handled the situation. “Everyone should feel welcomed and supported in our community,” Dubord wrote. “I trust that all the facts and the complete story surrounding this regrettable incident will be gathered in due course through the ongoing and independent RCMP investigation. “I would like to reaffirm my ongoing commitment to promoting diversity and fighting racism and hate in our community. I will continue to listen and learn from the discourse occurring in our community on this matter.”

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