Hi, my name is Demario Chambers. A lot of people may know me as the 15 year-old youth who got assaulted by the police in Bedford. I am here to tell you who I am. I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. When I was a baby I moved to Vancouver, BC. After a few […]
A group of federally incarcerated Black prisoners have written the following statement. It was read to El Jones, and has been slightly edited for length and clarity. We have been watching the Black Lives Matters protests and the conversations about police violence. We have been taking part in our own conversations with prisoners of all […]
Call it the dance of the dodge. • We need to wait, we need to respect the process, we need to make an informed decision based on the appropriate investigation…” — Halifax Police Chief Dan Kinsella, Jan. 20, 2020. • “After some initial investigation, it has been determined, based on medical records, the matter meets […]
Halifax councillors who voted in favour of an armoured vehicle for police are considering cancelling the purchase in the wake of protests over the latest police violence against Black people. The purchase of an armoured vehicle was approved during the fiscal 2019-2020 budget process at a cost of $500,000. Police presented the idea to the […]
The officers involved are still on the job and Halifax Regional Police Chief Dan Kinsella had little to say publicly on Monday about the violent arrest of a young Black mother at Walmart last week, citing an ongoing court case and a potential investigation. Kinsella addressed reporters after a meeting of the Halifax board of...
Santina Rao was at the Walmart at the Halifax Shopping Centre on Wednesday when she was accused of stealing by store staff, assaulted by the police, and arrested. Rao was shopping with her two young children, age 3 and 15 months. She paid for $90 worth of items in the electronics department. The cashier told […]
Desmond Cole is in Halifax this weekend, keynoting at the Media and the Law conference. At around midnight on Saturday after a long day, I sat down with Desmond and recorded his take on some of our local news stories. Here are the first two stories we spoke about. Some cuts have been made for […]
Desmond Cole popped into national consciousness in April 2015, when he published an opinion piece in Toronto Life magazine with the headline “The Skin I’m In: I’ve been interrogated by police more than 50 times — all because I’m black.” The article detailed how Cole has been followed, stopped, carded, and otherwise harassed by police, despite […]