Updated: Jun 11
Whether it is an attack by a person generated by racial hatred or a police officer's brutality revealed to be racially motivated, Canada is seeing a disturbing rise in racism.
"Vancouver police reported a surge in anti-Asian hate crime in 2020, with seniors being attacked and businesses vandalized. Data from Statistics Canada shows that Canadians with Asian backgrounds were more likely to report noticing increased racial or ethnic harassment during the pandemic."
"Today begins the trial of Jury selection for the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, whose knee pressing on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes was captured on graphic video last May, is expected to get underway Monday."
The world is watching to process and outcome questioning whether Joe Biden's presidency has sent racists underground or whether Donald Trump's noxious and vilifying dialog is the racist genie which can not be rebottled.
The killing of George Floyd in Missouri sparked anger in Canada and America.
"Last summer, millions of people protested across the U.S. against Floyd's killing in scenes not witnessed since the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Protests against racial injustice and police brutality spread to Canada and many cities internationally."
A Thompson, Manitoba police officer claimed a first nations man attacked him prompting the officer to retaliate. Evidence revealed such was not the case.
This video is posted elsewhere on the blog but it is germane here as well.
Please listen to these comments. Yes, they are actors, but their dialog is today, in Canada and America.
Halcrow was charged with three counts of assaulting a police officer and causing a disturbance while intoxicated initially.
"Seven months later, on Jan. 5, 2020, he killed himself."
"And two days after Halcrow's death, the police watchdog arrested and charged Dumont-Fontaine with assault causing bodily harm following a six-month investigation."
The RCMP has a lengthy history of misguided relationships with first nations citizens, often resulting in unprovoked violence. Can Commissioner Lucki turn the force around?
Critics claim the Force is so riddled with personnel with racial biases that the commissioner has an impossible task.
Was it ignorance, ethnic bigotry or incompetence which lead to Dziekenski's death?
"Const. Kwesi Millington, the RCMP officer who fired a Taser the night Robert Dziekanski died at Vancouver International Airport, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for perjury and colluding with his fellow officers at an inquiry into the death."
Why were four officers dispatched to the airport to deal with one man causing a disturbance? Why did none of the officers approach the man to ascertain the cause for his anger? CBC journalist Curt Petrovich details the incident, the RCMP cover-up and the financial settlement with Robert's mother.