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Jesse Wente

Director of Film Programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Director of Film Programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Columnist for Metro Morning on CBC Radio One. Public speaker. Ojibwe dude. Taekwondo master in training.
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This Is Why People Of Colour Fear The Police

I told him that Indigenous people fear the police because of many instances of abuse and the feeling that it was an institution designed to oppress Indigenous people. He told me that wasn't true. I told him their actions say something different. And that was that. It was only a few weeks later, walking with my then girlfriend (and future and present wife) late at night on Adelaide outside her apartment that the cruiser pulled up beside us. They shone the spotlight on me and ordered me to face the wall.
07/07/2016 10:03 EDT