We support Sloly for chief because he is the best candidate

By ARNOLD A. AUGUSTE, Publisher/Senior Editor

In an article published in both Share and Pride Newsmagazine last week, Dr. Ajamu Nangwaya, explained why he didn’t believe the naming of a Black chief of the Toronto Police Service would solve problems that exist between the community and the police.

Although he used much stronger language.

“As a member of the African-Canadian community, I am quite puzzled by the exuberant display of irrationality and misplaced expectations by some African-Canadians over the possibility of the appointment of either Deputy Chief Peter Sloly or Deputy Chief Mark Saunders as the next chief of the Toronto Police Service (TPS),” he wrote, adding that it was “the African-Canadian petty bourgeois elements who are loudly clamouring or serving as cheerleaders” for the respective candidates.


“These social climbing characters are infatuated with celebrating the ‘first Black’ this and the ‘first Black’ that, as if they are the measurement of a substantive change in the economic, social and political condition of working-class African-Canadians.”

For one thing, the need to celebrate “a first Black” chief is not the primary concern in this situation for most of us who are worried about who the next chief is going to be. Our primary concern is to have the board name someone who can take the force in a different direction where community policing will really mean something and community engagement will mean just that, and not the criminalizing of our youth.

Secondly, the fact that we are still, in 2015, looking forward to celebrating “firsts” speaks more of this society than it does of us. And, in any case, why shouldn’t we be happy to celebrate the naming of the first Black chief of Canada’s largest municipal police service?

And, thirdly, “petty bourgeois”? Really?” Are we still doing this to each other?

Dr. Nangwaya does stand on solid historical evidence, though, when he suggests that the naming of a Black person to important decision-making positions might not provide the “substantive change” we expect or need.

Read more: http://sharenews.com/we-support-sloly-for-chief-because-he-is-the-best-candidate/

Peaceful protest against police violence in Toronto

By Francine Buchner

A rally was held outside of police headquarters in downtown Toronto protesting against racist policing and the carding practice, on a day that the Toronto Police Services Board meet monthly in the hopes of bringing attention to their causes.

On March 2 a Special Meeting on carding was to be had, but was postponed, “because they’re saying that the police chief and the Toronto Police Services Board are negotiating how they’re going to implement carding; not get rid of it, but how to implement a carding policy in this city,” says Ajamu Nangwaya, Network for the Elimination of Police Violence and the organiser of the rally.

On their agenda this day was the likes of: the re-appointment of a Board member, a vendor of record for electrical services, various reports, a semi-annual write-off of uncollectable accounts receivable report, two death inquest reports for approval, etc., http://www.tpsb.ca/Board_Agenda_March_19.pdf.

“We’re here because we want to give public notice to the police that we’re not going to tolerate police violence in our communities. It is through the organising in our communities that we will force change,” says Nangwaya. He says it is the radicalised working class communities that are being targeted.

“Suspension is not enough because there’s no way that society would be tolerant of carding in Rosedale, in predominately white, upper class communities. It’s a fundamental violation of people’s right to give over information to police or for you to be stopped, questioned and carded,” says Nangwaya.

Toronto chief of police, Bill Blair was supposed to file a report on his carding policy in December of last year, “in fact in January he said that carding has stopped. I don’t know where it’s stopped. I don’t know where they believe it’s stopped, but trust me, it hasn’t stopped. Carding is a violation of our rights,” says Vickie McPhee, Rights Watch Network.

Read more: http://old.jamaica-gleaner.com/extra/article.php?id=4143