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Delta police promise to pull wristbands from department website

12/22/2014 10:26 EST | Updated 02/21/2015 05:59 EST
The Delta Police Department says it will remove promotions selling blue wristbands from its website and social media accounts — wristbands intended to show support for an officer on trial for murder.

The blue wristbands are being sold for $2 by the Delta Police Association to support Const. Jordan MacWilliams, who was charged with second-degree murder following the death of a man at the Starlight Casino two years ago. Police had been called to the parking lot of the casino to deal with a distraught man with a gun.

Delta police started selling the wrist bans ahead of the start of the trial in New Westminster last week. Dozens of officers wearing the wrist bans came out to the courthouse in a show of support for their fellow officer.

But the sale and promotion of the wrist bans on the department's official website and social media accounts raised concerns that the police were undermining the work of the Crown prosecutors, who made the decision to charge MacWilliams.

Delta Police spokesperson Sarah Swallow confirmed on Sunday that the department is in the process of removing references to the wristbands, but early Monday morning they remained on sale on the official police department website.

Last week, Pivot Legal Society lawyer Douglas King said while the association has the right to support one of their officers, the police department website should not be used to support an officer charged with murder. 

"It crosses a line and I think it really clouds what role the police have in the justice system," King said. 

Delta Mayor Lois Jackson also said last week she planned to look into the issue.

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