Involving the police to report an individual for breaking self isolation or social distancing rules is a bad idea. This policy will jeopardize marginalized and/or racialized Nova Scotians.
So far Halifax Regional Police (HRP) and RCMP are not pursuing the implementation of many of the recommendations called for in the Wortley report, a Freedom of Information request reveals.
Raymond Sheppard looks into the training police officers receive, and has some ideas how to make it better. “If police officers across Canada had the above-mentioned training they might not feel the need to bully and use excessive force against African People and other Persons of Colour.”
“Over the years, I had the pleasure of knowing some very good police officers within the Halifax Regional Municipality.” A quick note by Raymond Sheppard.
Earlier today poet and activist El Jones told the Halifax Board of Commissioners that it must deal with racism and police brutality of step aside. She made some excellent points.
Racist street checks may have stopped, but overbearing police interactions with Black Haligonians continue.
Elizabeth Goodridge writes that the revelations that police were permitted to use lethal force against Wet’suwet’en land defenders on the West Coast were not surprising. Just consider the state violence against Indigenous peoples on the East Coast. And that violence will likely only get worse, she believes.
New police powers allow for impaired driving tests without a valid reason to believe that drivers are actually impaired, and that spells trouble for Black Nova Scotians, a lawyer says.
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.
On May 23, 2019 John Perkins was falsely accused by a multinational gold mining corporation of creating a disturbance at a public meeting, then violently arrested. Now John has filed a lawsuit against Atlantic Gold and the RCMP. Here is how you can help.