By Jim Rankin Staff Reporter Thu., Dec. 20, 2018 The Ontario Human Rights Commission presented its watchdog’s interim report into racial profiling and discrimination against Black people by Toronto police at a packed press conference last week. But even as the commissioner was talking, many in the room were eyeing their phones — waiting for the inevitable police response. They did so because no matter what the report into the “lived experiences” of Toronto’s Black citizens found, the police response would set the tone for the discussions that follow. The commission’s review of Special Investigations Unit (SIU) director’s reports includes the “disturbing” finding that between 2013 and 2017 seven of 10 people shot dead by police were Black. And while Black people made up just 8.8 per cent of Toronto’s population in 2016, they were involved in 25.4 per cent of SIU investigations and 36 per cent … [Read more...] about How will a bombshell report on ‘disturbing’ racial data change Toronto policing? The police response sets the tone
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By Ryan Tarinelli The Associated Press Ken Miller Sun., Sept. 9, 2018 DALLAS—A white Dallas police officer was arrested Sunday on a manslaughter warrant in the shooting of a Black man at his home, Texas authorities said. The Texas Department of Public Safety said that Officer Amber Guyger was booked into the Kaufman County Jail and that the investigation is ongoing. The 30-year-old Guyger fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean on Thursday. Lawyers for Jean’s family had been calling for Guyger’s arrest, saying the fact that she had remained free days after the shooting showed she was receiving favourable treatment. Guyger is a four-year veteran of the police force. The Dallas Police Department released her name Saturday night. Police Chief U. Renee Hall said the day after the shooting that her department was seeking manslaughter charges against Guyger. But she said Saturday that the Texas Rangers, who have taken over the investigation, asked her … [Read more...] about White Dallas police officer accused of shooting Black man arrested on manslaughter warrant
By Wendy Gillis Crime Reporter Sun., Aug. 19, 2018 It was one of the first acts of Premier Doug Ford’s new government. Just hours after being sworn in, the Progressive Conservatives postponed the implementation of new police oversight legislation, one day before it was scheduled to come into effect. Done quietly via an order in council, the move has been characterized by the Ford government as a temporary halt to allow for time to review the new law, which granted greater powers to the provincial police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU). “We have pressed pause on this,” Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said last month, when questioned at Queen’s Park. “We want to work with our front-line police officers to make sure that we have the right answer on this issue.” During heated exchanges that ensued during Question Period, NDP leader of the opposition Andrea Horwath accused the Ford government of … [Read more...] about Doug Ford has promised to “fix” Ontario’s new policing laws. What could that look like?
PARIS France will pay a national tribute to a security officer who died from gunshot wounds after voluntarily taking the place of a female hostage during a supermarket siege by an Islamist militant, President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday. Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, 44, who once served in Iraq, was raced to hospital fighting for his life after being shot by the gunman during the siege at the Super U store in the south-western town of Trebes, but he later died. His actions were described as heroic by politicians across the political spectrum. "He fell as a hero, giving up his life to halt the murderous outfit of a jihadist terrorist," Mr Macron said in a statement . France would organise a national tribute in Lt-Col Beltrame's honour, the president's office announced after he met with members of the government and officials involved in the attack investigation. The attacker was identified by authorities as Redouane Lakdim, a 25-year-old Moroccan-born French national from the … [Read more...] about France to pay national tribute to officer killed in hostage swop
SALISBURY (UNITED KINGDOM) - British police raced Tuesday to identify an unknown substance that left a former Russian double agent fighting for his life, as Moscow said it had no information about the "tragic" incident. The area remained cordoned off on Tuesday, while a restaurant on a street nearby, Zizzi, was also closed as a precaution Specialist officers from the counter-terrorism squad are helping the investigation into the collapse of Sergei Skripal on Sunday, which has sparked fears of a poison plot.Media reports named the 66-year-old, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence, as the man found unconscious on a bench in a shopping centre in the southwestern English city of Salisbury.Police said a man in his 60s and a woman in her 30s found with him are being treated for "suspected exposure to an unknown substance" and are in critical condition in intensive care in hospital.A "major incident" was declared and the area remained cordoned off on Tuesday, while a restaurant … [Read more...] about UK police probe feared poisoning of ex-Russian spy