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Indigenous man and his mother sue Vancouver police over alleged beating, arrest outside Walmart

A 39-year-old Indigenous man and his mother say they went to an East Vancouver Walmart on Mother's Day in 2019 to buy some patio furniture and food to celebrate the holiday. Instead, they say they were racially profiled, arrested and, in the man's case, beaten by Vancouver police officers, after a security guard falsely accused them of shoplifting.

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8/12/2020

article Complaints filed against Edmundston police over fatal shooting of Chantel Moore
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8/11/2020

article Wolastoqey Leaders Continue Push For Public Inquiry
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8/6/2020

article 'Pervasive and systemic' racism at Canadian Museum for Human Rights, report says
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8/5/2020

article Native Council program aiming to keep Indigenous youth out of justice system
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8/4/2020

article Police violence, racism must stop, say demonstrators who forced meeting with police in Thunder Bay, Ont.
(Ontario) -- Demonstrators with a group called 'Not One More Death' are calling for an end to police brutality and more public accountability from the Thunder...

8/3/2020

article RCMP says improper force allegations confirmed in just 1 per cent of cases
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8/2/2020

article RCMP says improper force allegations confirmed in just 1 per cent of cases
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8/1/2020

article Indigenous man and his mother sue Vancouver police over alleged beating, arrest outside Walmart
(Vancouver) -- A 39-year-old Indigenous man and his mother say they went to an East Vancouver Walmart on Mother's Day in 2019 to buy some patio furniture and food to...

7/30/2020

article U.S. Set to Execute Only Native American on Federal Death Row Despite Tribe's Objections
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7/28/2020

article Coroner's inquest ordered in RCMP shooting of Rodney Levi
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7/27/2020

article Data suggests Labrador Innu and Inuit are named more often in RCMP releases. Advocates are asking why
(Canada) -- Indigenous people in Labrador are asking questions about why police release the names of some people charged with crimes, and not others.

7/24/2020

article Law barring conditional sentences for some offences is unconstitutional, court rules
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article 'Illegal assault' on First Nations brothers by police caught on video was racist, lawsuit alleges
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article Indigenous man sues RCMP in B.C., claiming 'abusive' use of police dog left him in 'agony'
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article N.S. evaluating N.B. proposal to collaborate on serious incident response team
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7/22/2020

article Disciplinary charges dropped against Thunder Bay, Ont. police officer in altercation with Indigenous teen
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7/20/2020

article Public hearing into policing in Edmonton brings back painful memories for Cree brothers
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7/17/2020

article Chief of Kainai Reserve discusses personal encounter with RCMP after issuing statement on racism
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article Saulteaux man recounts racism he faced during 2009 Saskatoon city council election
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article 10th Circuit dismisses negligence claim against tribal officers in southern Colorado shooting
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article Black, Indigenous people report misconduct by B.C.’s municipal police forces twice as often as others
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article Deaths in custody: family of Aboriginal man who died in jail urge end to 'monstrous loophole'
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7/15/2020

article NAC: Native Minneapolis rebuilds
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article Statistics Canada to start collecting race-based crime data
(Canada) -- Statistics Canada says it plans to start collecting race-based crime data — a step that comes amid mounting criticism of how law enforcement agencies across...

7/13/2020

article Proposed class action lawsuit led by former constable alleges racism in RCMP
(British Columbia) -- One of the first Indigenous women to join the RCMP in Manitoba is the lead plaintiff in a proposed class-action lawsuit that alleges systemic...

7/10/2020

article How one Mi'kmaq boy went from fearing police to shooting hoops with them
(North Canada) -- In June, as riots and protests against police violence erupted across the world, 10-year-old Kingston Gallant watched with growing fear. The Mi'...

7/9/2020

article 'He did not deserve that,' says mother of man seen punched in arrest video
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7/8/2020

article Sask. Crown prosecutors to review fatal RCMP shooting of Lucien Silverquill
(Saskatchewan) -- The RCMP's fatal shooting of an Indigenous Saskatchewan man last summer will now be reviewed by provincial Crown prosecutors. Lucien Silverquill, a...
article Strained relationship between police and Indigenous people needs long-term solutions: criminologist
(Saskatchewan) -- Erick Laming remembers the first sentence that rushed into his mind when he saw video footage of Evan Penner getting punched by a Saskatoon police...

7/7/2020

article Family of 19-year-old who died after illness at Edmonton Remand Centre questions medical response
(Alberta) -- The mother of a 19-year-old who died in June after an illness while in custody at the Edmonton Remand Centre says she believes her son would still be alive...

7/3/2020

article Chantel Moore's family calls for removal of officer who killed her
(New Brunswick) -- It's been four weeks and a day since Martha Martin received the call telling her that her daughter, Chantel Moore, had been shot dead by a police...
article Native American man sues Marysville, police for excessive force after officer 'clotheslined' him
(Washington) -- Cell phone video obtained by ABC10 appears to show one officer exit his patrol vehicle and "without any warning, 'clotheslined' [the man]...
article Officer who shot Chantel Moore back from leave, only performing desk work
(New Brunswick) -- The unnamed officer who shot and killed Chantel Moore while performing a wellness check is back from paid leave but is only performing administrative...

7/2/2020

article Chiefstick vigil planned on anniversary of shooting by Poulsbo police officer
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7/1/2020

article Honoring Tribal member Jordan Stevens who died in YCSO custody
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6/30/2020

article Sask. chief meeting with Prince Albert police about arrest video
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article Native Americans ‘Disproportional’ Victims of Fatal Police Shootings
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6/29/2020

article Why this 19-year-old Indigenous woman dreams of being a police officer
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6/28/2020

article Chief Beaten by Police Is Longtime Fighter for Indigenous Rights
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6/25/2020

article Indigenous man faces rare hate-speech charge
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article AFN national chief calls for suspension of RCMP officer who tackled Chief Allan Adam
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6/24/2020

article Charges dropped against Alberta First Nations chief in violent arrest
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6/23/2020

article Recent deaths prompt questions about police wellness checks
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6/22/2020

article 'We have no justice:' Are Native Americans the forgotten victims of police brutality?
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6/21/2020

article Solidarity protest for Chief Allan Adam planned in N.W.T. community
(Northwest Territories) -- A peaceful protest to end systemic racism will take place in Fort Resolution, N.W.T., on June 21 during National Indigenous Peoples Day. The...

6/19/2020

article 'Is that profiling?' Grand chief questions Winnipeg police interaction with First Nations support group
(Manitoba) -- A Manitoba grand chief is raising questions about whether an interaction between Winnipeg police and a group of First Nations men in the city is an example...
article Chantel Moore's mother says she wants justice after fatal police shooting
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article Thousands gather in a call for justice against race-based police violence in P.E.I. Indigenous healing walk
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article NAC: Defund the police?
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article This Northern American Indian community polices themselves
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6/18/2020

article NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh booted from Commons for calling Bloc MP a racist
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article First Nations chiefs and N.B. premier meet to discuss systemic racism | CBC News
(New Brunswick) -- Representatives of the New Brunswick provincial government met with First Nations chiefs Wednesday morning to discuss the issue of systemic racism in...
article N.B. chief renews call for independent, Indigenous-led public inquiry into police shootings
(New Brunswick) -- An Indigenous leader in New Brunswick is renewing his call for an independent, Indigenous-led public inquiry to investigate two recent police...
article Northern Indigenous leader ‘appalled’ by recent police-involved fatalities
(Ontario) -- The Anishinabek Grand Council Chief is “appalled” by recent police-involved fatalities of Indigenous people across Canada. Chief Glen Hare...
article London police officer still has job months after conviction in Oneida woman's death
(Ontario) -- A southern Ontario municipal police service continues to employ an officer months after he was convicted of criminal negligence in the in-custody death of...
article Poulsbo officer in Chiefstick shooting returns to administrative leave
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6/17/2020

article New Brunswick premier won’t support Indigenous-led inquiry into systemic racism in policing
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article Sask.'s only Indigenous police service gives communities 'a lot more control' over policing, says chief
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article VIDEO: Defunding police only way to root out systemic racism, experts tell city council
(Alberta) -- Shifting resources from police to frontline workers with first-hand knowledge of marginalized communities is the only way to root out systemic racism,...

6/16/2020

article Zero-tolerance: Top Indigenous leader calls for systemic change for policing
(Ottawa) -- The only way to overcome racism in Canada’s policing agencies is to impose systemic change and a zero-tolerance policy aimed at eliminating the...
article 3 grief-stricken Indigenous families meet to share pain, call for justice reform
(New Brunswick) -- For a week and a half, Chantel Moore’s relatives have been mourning the loss of their loved one and seeking answers from police, and on Monday...
article Calgary council unanimously passes anti-racism motion
(Alberta) -- Calgary's city council voted unanimously Monday in favour of a motion that takes some steps to address systemic racism.
article Edmonton officer charged after Indigenous man violently kneed during arrest
(Alberta) -- An Edmonton police officer has been charged with assault following a violent August 2019 arrest, captured on video, in which an officer walks up to an...
article Nishnawbe Aski Nation grand chief calls for investigation of RCMP
(Ontario) -- The grand chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation says a "comprehensive" investigation into systemic racism in the RCMP is needed. "We've known it...
article Top Indigenous leader demands zero tolerance for police excessive use of force
(Canada) -- The only way to overcome racism in Canada's policing agencies is to impose systemic change and a zero-tolerance policy aimed at eliminating the excessive...
article Bacone appoints new director for Center for American Indians
(Oklahoma) -- Bacone College is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Aaron Adson, a Bacone alumnus and cultural and tribal liaison for the college, to the...
article Australian cop caught punching Aboriginal man officers had pinned to ground
(Australia) -- This is the shocking moment an Australian police officer is filmed appearing to punch an Aboriginal man on the ground. Witnesses were heard yelling...

6/15/2020

article Minneapolis’ Native American community gets in on the city’s police reform debates
(Minnesota) -- Questions keep swirling throughout the country about police reform. What does it look like, and what proposals and changes need to occur? With a toxic...

6/14/2020

article As calls grow to defund police, Indigenous police services fight for more resources, not less
(Canada) -- After weeks of protesters around the world chanting "defund police," the former head of Canada's largest First Nations police service says...
article AFN national chief calls for overhaul of policing in Canada
(Saskatchewan) -- Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde called for a complete overhaul of the policing system in Canada Sunday, two days after a...

6/13/2020

article Video of Indigenous chief's arrest 'shocking', says Trudeau
(Canada) -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for an independent investigation after a "shocking" video showing the arrest of an Indigenous...
article ‘Serious questions:’ Trudeau calls video of RCMP tackling chief shocking
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article 'Something is terribly wrong' in RCMP, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says in call for reform
(Manitoba) -- The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is calling for reform within the RCMP and reallocation of some of the agency's budget to First Nations law enforcement...
article Greta Thunberg Calls RCMP Treatment Of Chief Allan Adam 'Shameless Abuse'
(Sweden) -- Greta Thunberg has seen footage of the RCMP’s arrest of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam and called the “shameful abuse”...
article What Will Replace the Minneapolis Police? The City’s Native American Community Has Some Ideas.
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article Rodney Levi identified as man shot by Sunny Corner RCMP
(New Brunswick) -- The man fatally shot by New Brunswick RCMP Friday night has been identified by social media posts as Rodney Levi, 48, of the Metepenagiag First Nation...
article Rodney Levi, Chantel Moore shooting deaths put focus on recent police encounters with Indigenous community
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article Chantel Moore's family calls for justice, public inquiry during healing walk
(New Brunswick) -- Hundreds gathered in cities across New Brunswick and in Halifax on Saturday afternoon to take part in a healing walk in honour of Chantel Moore, the...

6/12/2020

article N.B. premier’s statement on Chantel Moore ‘incredibly insensitive’: Wolastoqey Nation chiefs
(British Columbia) -- Wolastoqey Nation chiefs are disappointed with Premier Blaine Higgs’ statement on the death of Chantel Moore, an Indigenous woman living in...
article Canada indigenous chief battered during arrest
(Alberta) -- Video of an indigenous chief's violent arrest has shocked Canada, turning a spotlight on systemic racism in the country's police force. The footage...
article 'Something is terribly wrong' in RCMP, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says in call for reform
(Manitoba) -- The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is calling for reform within the RCMP and reallocation of some of the agency's budget to First Nations law enforcement...
article Mi'kmaq chief says community member fatally shot by New Brunswick RCMP
(New Brunswick) -- The chief of a Mi'kmaq First Nation in New Brunswick says an RCMP officer fatally shot one of his community members Friday evening. Metepenagiag...

6/11/2020

article RCMP dashcam video shows officer tackling, punching Chief Allan Adam during arrest
(Alberta) -- RCMP dashcam footage of the March arrest of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam shows an arriving officer jump-tackling the chief to the...
article Video shows RCMP arrest of Athabasca Chipewyan chief
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article Systemic racism exists in RCMP, Trudeau argues — after commissioner says she's 'struggling' with the term
(Canada) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today the RCMP and other police agencies across the country have a problem with systemic racism — a day after RCMP...

6/10/2020

article History of systemic racism between RCMP and First Nations must be addressed: Chief
(British Columbia) -- Leaders of the Tsilhqot’in Nation are calling on the Canadian government to address systemic racism within policing, particularly between...
article RCMP violence against Inuit happening because few are stopping systemic racism, Indigenous leaders say
(Nunavut) -- To address the systemic racism against Indigenous people shown by police forces such as the RCMP, Canadian leaders need to look at how different government...

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