Raymond Sheppard and others continue to press for a hate crime charge in the Nhlanhla Dlamini attack. They also want the court to consider the impact of such hate crimes on the broader African Nova Scotian community. It’s time for an inquiry into the mistreatment of African Nova Scotians by the criminal justice system, they say.
Raymond Sheppard on the high velocity nail gun attack on Nhlanhla Dlamini and the prosecution so far: “Lived experience confirms the entrenched racism, intolerance and injustice within the criminal justice system that African Nova Scotian are forced to endure while privilege allows Caucasians to walk through iron, if they ever go to court in the first place.”
News release: To protest anti-Black racism in Pictou County and Judge Atwood’s apparent disregard for Black Lives Matter, African Nova Scotians and allies will hold a protest and information session on Friday January 18, 2019, at 1pm in front of the Pictou County Courthouse (69 Water Street, Pictou, NS.).
An open letter to Justice MInister Mark Furey about the high velocity nail gun attack on Nhlanhla Dlamini. More than criminal negligence the alleged attack should be considered a hate crime.
Letter by Judy Haiven on the court case of Shawn Wade Hynes of Pictou County, accused of shooting Nhlanhia Dlamini in the back with a nail gun on a construction site “Is it just my imagination or a usual practice that when someone who is criminally charged does not show up for court, the judge issues a bench warrant?”
The first 2019 case of alleged hate and criminal hate causing bodily harm is scheduled to be heard in Pictou County Courthouse ( 69 Water Street, Pictou, NS.) on January 7, 2019 at 9:30. Nhlanhla Dlamini was brutally shot with a high velocity nail gun (September 19, 2018) by Shawn Wade Hynes a co-worker employed with PQ Properties Limited of Pictou Nova Scotia.
It may not look that way, but poor Nova Scotia is just so very very racist.
Stacey Dlamini, mother of the young Black man shot with a high-velocity nail gun, writes about racism and complicity, “I wonder how the story might have turned out had someone on Nhlanhla’s crew said to the person who shot him, “Hey, why don’t you leave the kid alone?” What if they’d come up to Nhlanhla and said, “You know man, you don’t have to accept this kind of treatment. Let’s do something about it together.” What if someone had shown him some compassion or solidarity? Or even in the aftermath, some empathy? This experience would feel different for us.”
Earlier this week we reported on the Halifax rally in support of Nhlanhla Dlamini, the young Black man shot with a high velocity nail gun by a co-worker. Here is a transcription of an excellent speech delivered by Angie Bowden at that rally, wherein she addresses the impact of such racist acts on the entire Black community in Nova Scotia, and especially also on its youths.
About 80 people rallied this afternoon at the the Maritime Centre, home of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. They were there to protest anti-Black racism in workplaces anywhere, and especially to support Nhlanhla Dlamini, the young Black man shot with a high velocity nail gun by a co-worker employed with PQ Properties Limited of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia on September 18. The man who shot Dlamini should be charged with attempted murder and hate crimes, rally organizers say.