Police Violence

Canada Has Its Own Demons When It Comes To Police Brutality

Sarah E. Leamon | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living
Sarah E. Leamon

As Canadians, it is fairly easy to separate ourselves from the problem. It is easy to chalk it up as "their problem, not ours" -- and it is tempting, because the problem is complex, disturbing and uncomfortable. But not so fast. We have our own problems when it comes to the systematic discrimination of minorities

Toronto Police Wasted Their Body Camera Study

Erick Laming | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Erick Laming

If the study was properly designed and executed, the data would have been more compelling and conclusive than what the report indicates. Because the TPS failed in this respect, we know more about what the public and the police think the cameras may do rather than what the cameras have actually done. The $500,000 funding provided by the provincial government does not appear to have generated a strong return on its investment given the meagre results.

How Will It Look When It's Time For Me To Die On Camera?

Mike Sholars | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Living
Mike Sholars

I watch him go down from the one-two punch of a Taser and several gunshots to the body. I don't know why they followed up a successful non-lethal takedown with lethal force, but I'm not a police officer. If you were to take every single piece of shaky cam and mobile phone footage showing police officers killing unarmed or complying Black people and splice them together, you'd have a horror movie. Or a snuff film. When it's time for me to die on camera, how will it look? Who will film me? What small physical imperfection, what inadvertent stumble will be the reason I'm murdered on a jittery impulse?

The Time Is Now For Toronto Police To Expand Taser Use

Erick Laming | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Erick Laming

The Toronto Police Service must develop a strong policy around Taser use that goes far beyond the requirements outlined in the Ontario guidelines. The policy must also ensure meaningful accountability and strict disciplinary measures for when officers use Tasers carelessly and without sufficient justification.

Viral Images Of Police Violence Have Numbed Us Into Silence

Sarah Beech | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Sarah Beech

Another depiction of police brutality against a black man caught on tape, sparks outrage among black Canadians and the cycle of violence begins anew: a black person murdered by police is captured on video, the video goes viral and no changes are made to policing strategies or tactics. More importantly, no one is held accountable. Rather, the cycle of violence continues on an administrative level: SIU documents are concealed, police officers go unnamed; are seldom reprimanded and the victim's family and the black community never get justice.

The Double Danger Of Being Black And Mentally Ill

Carmelle Wolfson | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Living
Carmelle Wolfson

The current inquest into the police killing of Jermaine Carby should serve as a powerful reminder about the deadly consequences of institutional discrimination within the force. Unfortunately, the larger issues raised by this case, specifically, how police deal with blacks and people with mental health issues, likely will not be addressed within the confines of the inquest's recommendations.

The 'Angry Black Woman' Stereotype Is Justifying Police Brutality

Eternity E Martis | Posted 08.13.2016 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

Recent police attacks on black women have been vicious, brutal and savage, often justified by police departments and arresting officers through the excuse that these black women were "angry" -- argumentative and sarcastic smart asses, talking back and full of attitude.

11 Essential Elements of the Anti-Carding Campaign

Ajamu Nangwaya | Posted 06.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Ajamu Nangwaya

I recently wrote an essay calling on the people of Toronto to end carding by refusing to share their personal information with the cops. They should meet any question from the cops with "Am I free to go?" The following elements should be used in any neighbourhood-based, grassroots led and organized anti-carding campaign. We must strive to win the active support of neighbourhood residents and people of good conscience across the city to not co-operate with the carding regime.

Dump Carding Into the Cesspool of History by Refusing to Talk to the Police

Ajamu Nangwaya | Posted 05.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Ajamu Nangwaya

In the absence of community support, members of our communities could end up in the prison industrial complex for asserting their right to remain silent and walk away from these non-criminal encounters. The cops are aware of the fact that the people can refuse to speak with them and are free to walk away, if they are not being detained or arrested.

The 1992 Yonge Street Uprising Left a Lasting Impression on Racial Tensions in Ontario

Ajamu Nangwaya | Posted 05.08.2016 | Canada
Ajamu Nangwaya

"Give people light and they will find a way." - Ella Baker The May 4, 1992 Yonge Street Uprising was a pivotal moment in the resistance history of...

Having a African-Canadian Police Chief Won't Solve Institutional Racism

Ajamu Nangwaya | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Ajamu Nangwaya

To what extent are we realistically expecting an African-Canadian police chief to be more committed to fighting institutional racism than a white one? Furthermore, merely having an African-Canadian person at the helm will not end police brutality or mend the community's relations with the force.

Don't Forget Police Violence Happens Outside of America Too

Dr. Lisa Tomlinson | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Lisa Tomlinson

I stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, New York and all over the world who are experiencing police violence. I encourage those of us who are committed to dismantling structural violence against black people that as we chant the slogan "Black Lives Matter", we must also remember "Black Lives Matter Everywhere". Let us not limit our desire for structural changes to only the United States.

WATCH: Cop Punches Youth In Head

CBC | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada

A video posted to YouTube showing what appears to be a Montreal police officer punching a young man in the head at a McDonald’s may have attracted t...

What Will It Take To End Police Violence?

Ajamu Nangwaya | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Ajamu Nangwaya

Racialized working-class communities, individuals and Indigenous peoples in North America know the daily reality of police violence and containment. We do not need the intervention of civil liberties organizations, critical criminology courses or the exposure of police violence at a G20 Summit to know that police are not protecting us.

Defiant South Africans Descend On Mine

CP | Michelle Faul, The Associated Press | Posted 11.04.2012 | Canada

MARIKANA, South Africa - Striking miners in South Africa threatened to kill workers in a nearby mine Wednesday unless they joined the crippling work s...