COMMONS
Canadian Police Are Racist Too
There’s been a lot of attention on police violence against Black people in the U.S. How different is Canada's policing system?
July 26, 2016

Abdirahman Abdi, a Somali man in Ottawa, is dead, after witnesses say he was beaten by cops.

There’s been a lot of attention on police violence against Black people in the U.S. lately. But Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Toronto, says Canada’s policing style has a lot of the same problems as the American system when it comes to dealing with racialized populations.

Karmen James Omeasoo, a rapper who performs under the name Hellnback, talks about some of the troubles Indigenous men face with the Winnipeg police and the RCMP.  

Christien Levien, a criminal lawyer at Wiley and Levien, talks about how his own bad experience with police as a teenager led him to creating the app LegalSwipe to help others stand up to cops.

The song featured in the show is Hellnback’s “Caught Up,” produced by Stomp. 

Read Akwasi’s piece in the Globe and Mail, A Hard Truth: Canada’s policing style is very similar to the U.S.

More from this series
What was all of this for? And is Afghanistan destined for yet another cycle of violence?
July 6, 2022
Stuart Langridge was a model soldier. But when he ended his life after returning from Afghanistan, his parents began to ask questions about what had happened to their son. Instead of giving them answers, the Canadian military went to war against them.
June 22, 2022
Despite repeated denials by senior government and military officials, there’s evidence that many Canadians knew they were sending Afghans to be tortured.
June 8, 2022
Why did so many Afghans join with the Taliban during the years that Canada was fighting in Kandahar?
May 25, 2022
Operation Medusa has become the most celebrated battle in recent Canadian history. It was hailed as a stroke of military genius that may have vanquished the Taliban once and for all.
May 11, 2022
All of a sudden, they see a blast, and chaos surrounds them. What happens next would change their lives—and the Canadian military—forever.
April 27, 2022
In the months after 9/11, Canadian special forces were participating in secret operations at the behest of some of the most sinister men in Afghanistan.
April 13, 2022
The true story of the end of one of the forever wars through the eyes of the people who were there.
March 30, 2022
all podcasts arrow All Podcasts
COMMONS