RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki and Public Security Minister Invoice Blair will testify this night earlier than a parliamentary committee launching a examine of systemic racism in policing — a examine going down at a tumultuous time for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and police providers all over the place.
Members of the Home of Commons public security and nationwide safety committee agreed right now to examine systemic racism in policing.
New Democrat MP Jack Harris had been urgent the committee to launch a examine and name each Blair — a former Toronto police chief — and Lucki as witnesses. Each are scheduled to look between 5 and seven p.m. ET.
The official examine comes as stress mounts all over the world to rethink police budgets and use of drive within the wake of George Floyd’s loss of life in police custody within the U.S.
In Canada, the RCMP — which, exterior of its federal obligations, acts because the provincial police in most provinces and all three territories — has come underneath intense stress to be extra delicate to racial points in current weeks after quite a lot of controversial incidents have been caught on digital camera.
An RCMP officer’s determination to shoot Rodney Levi of the Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation in New Brunswick earlier this month is underneath assessment. It adopted intently on the heels of the taking pictures loss of life of Chantel Moore, a 26-year-old Indigenous lady from British Columbia, by a police officer in Edmundston, N.B.
Video emerged earlier this month displaying an RCMP officer slamming the door of his automobile into an intoxicated man. That case is underneath assessment.
Across the similar time, a video surfaced of an RCMP officer tackling Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam exterior of a on line casino after he was stopped for driving with expired plates. The officer mentioned the chief was resisting arrest.
Earlier this month, Lucki confronted a backlash for saying in a number of media interviews that she was struggling to outline the time period “systemic racism”. She later reversed herself, issuing an announcement saying she believes systemic racism exists within the RCMP.