Shanifa Nasser

Reporter, CBC Toronto

Shanifa Nasser is an award-winning journalist interested in national security, the justice system and stories with a heartbeat. Her work has led to two investigations by CBC's The Fifth Estate. She was previously a Munk Journalism Fellow and holds an MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Toronto.

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CBC Investigates

A mentally ill man died after a run-in with jail guards in 2016. Now Ontario police say no one will be charged

Three and half years after a mentally ill man was pepper-sprayed, shackled and found lifeless on the floor of an Ontario jail cell, a new investigation into his death has reached the same conclusion as the first: No one will be held criminally responsible.
CBC Investigates

Family seeks answers after woman suspected of having COVID-19 restrained and later dies in hospital

The family of a Toronto woman admitted to hospital on suspicion of having COVID-19 is demanding answers after she had an altercation with security, which they say left her unconscious and in intensive care. She later died.

Police officers in deadly encounters should be required to talk, former SIU director says

A former director of Ontario's police watchdog is pushing back after a string of cases where officers involved in the deaths of civilians have chosen not to speak with investigators, saying the province has the power to make it mandatory for subject officers to explain what went on in those fatal encounters.

Officer who fatally shot Ejaz Choudry refuses to speak with investigators, police watchdog says

The police officer who fatally shot Ejaz Choudry, a 62-year-old man suffering from a mental health crisis, has refused to speak with Ontario's police watchdog about his actions last month.
CBC Investigates

A young Black man was fatally Tasered in his own backyard - now his family is demanding answers

For months, Clive Mensah's family has watched with a knowing horror as the stories of George Floyd and so many others have made headlines. All the while Mensah's story has remained untold — until now.

Canada's largest mental health hospital calls for removal of police from front lines for people in crisis

Canada's largest psychiatric facility is throwing its support behind mounting calls to remove officers from the front lines for people in mental health emergencies.

Family of Ejaz Choudry demands firing of officer who fatally shot him during mental health crisis

A group of community organizations are demanding the firing of a Peel Regional Police officer who fatally shot a 62-year-old man in a mental health crisis over the weekend.

Sent to jail for his safety, dead within hours. Now this Ontario man's mother is speaking out

A mother is speaking out after her son died in an Ontario jail cell with what she says was a massive quantity of heroin hidden inside his body, raising questions about whether he might still be alive had staff searched him more thoroughly.

High school teacher who used N-word in class allowed to keep working after apologizing

A group of students is sounding the alarm after a high school teacher was recorded in class using the N-word, and questioning why the regulatory college investigating the case gave her little more than what they say is a slap on the wrist.

Police officer who fatally shot D'Andre Campbell not providing interview, notes to police watchdog

The officer who fatally shot a young Black man with schizophrenia at his family's Brampton, Ont., home in April has not agreed to an interview, nor turned over his notes to investigators, Ontario's police watchdog says.

Release evidence in Regis Korchinski-Paquet death or turn it over to outside agency, family lawyer says

The lawyer for the family of Regis Korchinski-Paquet is calling for the police watchdog investigating her fall from a Toronto balcony to either turn over its probe to an outside agency or share the evidence gathered so far, saying the process as it stands now "limits transparency."

As George Floyd's death shines spotlight on knee-on-neck restraint, family of Ontario man speaks out

The video images of George Floyd's last moments with a police officer kneeling on his neck are putting a new focus on the practice. But three years after an Ontario man allegedly died in jail under similar circumstances, there is neither video nor answers.

Outrage over brutality and calls to 'defund the police' in U.S. cast new light on Toronto police budget

As protests over police brutality and racism continue across the United States and beyond, sparked by the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody after an officer pressed his knee on his neck for several minutes, one of the refrains growing louder and louder is: "Defund the police."

Family of Regis Korchinski-Paquet puts interview with police watchdog on hold after leak by 'sources'

Ontario's police watchdog has called for "immediate steps" to prevent leaks about what happened prior to the death of a Toronto woman — who fell 24 storeys from a balcony — after details of her final moments appeared in the Toronto Sun.

Security footage retrieved from highrise where Toronto woman fell to her death

Ontario's police watchdog says it has reviewed security camera footage and interviewed the officers who responded to the call from the Toronto highrise where 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet fell to her death — after what her family says was a 911 call to get her help.