Raymond Sheppard on the George Floyd verdict and why Canadians shouldn’t be smug about policing in Canada.
Wayne Desmond: “To those who are tired of hearing Black Lives Matter, imagine how exhausted Black people are of saying it, living it and fighting against the hatred that they experience.”
Wayne Desmond takes a closer look at two occasions where Walmart security staff and Halifax police officers harassed Black shoppers, and suggests a pathway to justice. Sue the bastards!
Tony Smith, who was hired by SIRT to provide a Black perspective to counterbalance an entirely white investigative team, believes the Santina Rao investigation was seriously flawed and that the report’s conclusions were incorrect.
It’s ok to violently assault a young Black mother, as long as she gets upset when she is accused of shoplifting. That’s the conclusion of the Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) report on the arrest of Santina Rao at the Walmart in Halifax in January.
Angela Bowden: Nova Scotia has had a significant race problem for ever and I’m not sure why that comes as such a surprise to some Nova Scotians, especially considering there are so many who are historically and currently participating in this abuse, and it is so publicly documented in this new age of internet and social media.
Judy Haiven looks at histories of racism and arrogance at Halifax police and Walmart, the two institutions at the centre of the assault and false charges against Santina Rao.
On Tuesday, July 7th at 9:30am, Santina Rao will speak at a press conference about her struggle for justice, following a violent attack at the hands of police on January 15th, 2020. All charges against Santina have been dropped, in what is being hailed as an incredible victory and step forward for justice.
PSA: On Tuesday morning, Santina Rao will appear in Halifax court once again on charges of assaulting an officer, resisting arrest, and causing a disturbance. We are angered and disgusted that Santina continues to face criminal charges when she was the one left with a concussion, a broken wrist, bruises, and lacerations.
Press release: We call on the Halifax Board of Police Commissioners, Halifax Regional Police Chief Dan Kinsella, Justice Minister Mark Furey, and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil’s Liberal Government to develop a plan of action to reform policing practices and to help mend the broken policing relationship with the African Nova Scotian community. Systemic changes are needed now!