We Remember...

Buddy Evans

On August 9, 1978, 24-year-old Buddy Evans was killed by White police officer John Clark at a nightclub on King Street West in Toronto. Evan’s killer was exonerated by a coroner’s inquest, which lasted for 11 weeks and cost the city the princely sum of $200,000.[2] A protest rally “sponsored by the Sikh-led Action Committee Against Racism” attracted between 1,200 – 2,000 demonstrators.[3]





[2]Canada: Past police trials. (1998, November 7). Toronto Star. Retrieved from


[3]Wayland, S. V.(1995). Immigrants into Citizens: Political Mobilization in France And Canada (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from http://ceris.metropolis.net/Virtual%20Library/other/wayland1/wayland1f.html

Clarence Clemons

On July 19, 1952, Clarence Clemons, a longshoreman, was beaten and arrested by White police officers in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was later admitted to hospital and went into a coma. Clarence did not make it out of the hospital alive; died on December 24, 1952. The police officers were cleared of any wrongdoing by an all-white male jury at a coroner’s inquest into the cause of Clarence’s death.





Lambertson, R. (2004). The Black, Brown, White and Red Blues: The Beating of Clarence Clemons. The Canadian Historical Review, 85(4), 755-776