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A 21-year-old woman demonstrates outside the White House over the death of Tyre Nichols, who died after being beaten by Memphis police officers on Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Tyre Nichols: U.S. police violence stems from a long history of fighting ‘internal enemies’

In the face of violent crime, both real and imagined, too many U.S. police forces adhere to racist philosophies about rooting out ‘internal enemies’ as they did hundreds of years ago.
A woman carries an umbrella outside a protest to defund the police in front of Toronto Police Service headquarters in July 2020. Police budgets have increased, not decreased, since then. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Two years after the defund the police movement, police budgets increase across Canada

New research shows police budgets have continued to increase in all major Canadian cities in the aftermath of the defund the police movement.
A new law will erode public oversight into police misconduct. In this July 2021 photo, police are seen clearing a homeless encampment in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Changing how police complaints are handled in Ontario violates the public trust

Upcoming changes to how complaints against Ontario police officers are processed will make it even harder to monitor human rights violations by police.
Few cases of sexual assault by police are investigated by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, and fewer result in a conviction. (Shutterstock)

Convictions remain rare when police are accused of sexual assault

Sexual violence by police is more common than many might think. Failing to fully investigate can have a chilling effect on what is already the most underreported violent crime in Canada.
Two fatal shooting incidents at Toronto high schools, 15 years apart, show just how little has been done to address the root cause of violence in schools. Here people protest gun violence in Toronto in March 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Singer

To resolve youth violence, Canada must move beyond policing and prison

To resolve growing violence in schools, policy conversations about gun violence need to include community programs that dismantle systemic barriers and inequities.
Trust in the ability of the police to investigate rape cases has been severely hampered by very public failings such as the murder of Sarah Everard. Shutterstock

Why do so many men get away with rape? Police officers, survivors, lawyers and prosecutors on the scandal that shames the justice system

In England and Wales perpetrators of one of the gravest violent crimes, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, are very unlikely to receive any punishment at all
The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department in Wentworth, N.C., is among the law enforcement agencies the AP found using the Fog Reveal location tracking tool. AP Photo/Allen G. Breed

What is Fog Reveal? A legal scholar explains the app some police forces are using to track people without a warrant

Some US law enforcement agencies are using a commercial app that tracks people all day long via their phones – without a court order or oversight.
Tents line the sidewalk on East Hastings Street in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Cities like Vancouver should not clear encampments when people have nowhere else to go. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

If cities don’t want homeless encampments they should help people, not punish them

Cities are clearing homeless encampments, sometimes violently, without providing those who live there any alternatives. Long-term solutions are needed to help people off the streets.

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