After so many meaningless apologies and promises by police chiefs and governments over the years it will take a lot more to regain the trust of African Nova Scotians than yet another apology, writes Raymond Sheppard. “It seems that the HRP to this day is a hotbed of racism, and there is a strong need to clean house.”
Judy Haiven spends a say in court, attendiing the case of two police constables accused with negligence in the death of Corey Rogers, a 41 year old man whose crime had been drunkenness in a public place.
Street checks are banned in Nova Scotia, and Halifax Police is set to issue an apology. This is a good thing. But unfortunately you can’t ban racism, and Monday’s Board of Police Commissioners showed we have a long way to go.
Judy Haiven: “In Toronto, the protesters and police allowed bike and pedestrian traffic over the blocked bridge. Why couldn’t Halifax police do this?”
Kendall Worth with more on the ongoing harassment of poor people and people with disabilities by police ans security guards.
A counter demonstrator, arrested after the failed attempt to hold a rally on the Grand Parade in Halifax by the National Citizens Alliance, is facing charges. Here is why I think you should help out with the legal fees.
Larry Haiven: I have a modest proposal, which I think is almost directly analogous to the decision of Halifax Regional Libraries to deny a free venue to the Radical Imagination Project to show films critical of the police without ‘the other side.’
There is lots wrong with a news release issued by the Halifax Regional Police about Saturday’s efforts by members of the National Citizens Alliance to hold a rally in front of City Hall. Even worse is how local media didn’t question it.
Angela Bowden went to the NCA counter rally in Halifax this Saturday, and she has some questions for the police. “The facts are that while the soldiers of Odin and NCA take up as much space as they please, our sons cannot walk in a group larger than three without the police taking their threat to public safety serious enough to street check them,” she writes.
Went to today’s Halifax Board of Police Commissioners meeting, and heard how a petition to ban street checks is growing by leaps and bounds. Also, how and when the carding database will be purged. And a group complains that street checks never ended, despite the moratorium.