How can we tackle racism in Canadian policing?
In Thunder Bay, Ont., police are under intense scrutiny over relations with Indigenous people after two separate reports suggested the police service is rife with institutional racism.
In Toronto, police are also under criticism after the Ontario Human Rights Commission released stats showing that black people are "grossly over-represented" in violent interactions with city police.
Sadly, the result of these reports aren't new revelations. They only confirm what black and Indigenous people have reported for some time. Nor are Thunder Bay and Toronto unique among Canadian cities, as many police forces wrestle with complaints of police discrimination.
Whether you believe in institutional racism exists among police forces or not, trust is broken in Canada's justice system.
Our question: How can we tackle racism in Canadian policing?
- Black people 'grossly overrepresented' in violent police interactions, Ontario human rights report says
- 'Racist attitudes' contributed to poor Indigenous death investigations by Thunder Bay police, report says