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!
Open letter by the ANSDPAD Coalition: For decades our community has called on government to work collaboratively with us to address the ongoing issues of racial profiling, over policing, police brutality, systemic anti-Black racism in the justice system, and differential treatment while incarcerated.
Stephen McNeil Stephen McNeil twists in the wind – while Nova Scotians ramp up their demand for an inquiry, writes Judy Haiven.
PSA: Support the youth and their voices. Let our youth know it’s always right to speak up! Sunday March 1, 1 PM, at the Halifax Police station on Gottingen.