I seriously have to wonder what type of training Halifax Regional Police officers receive. Daily, it seems, we read in this paper about questionable arrests — the most recent being the Bedford Mall incident (Feb. 24 edition). A young man was detained, injured and put in the back of a police car.
Recently, the police chief said he’d look into racial profiling. Huh. There seems to be an obvious problem within this police department; such issues are coming to the forefront much too often. Thank God for handheld devices like cellphones, which allow interactions with police to be recorded. It makes one wonder what was going on prior to cellphones.
While it may not be in SIRT’s mandate to be proactive, perhaps it should be. What's the sense of closing the barn door once the animals have left? This type of aggression by the police must be stopped. More sensitivity training is obviously needed in their ranks. Oh, yes, common sense would be good also.
Police have to understand that not every interaction with the public — whether it involves people of colour or whites — is a threat to them.
Drew Preston, Greenwich