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The Canadian Progressive: How the ‘use of force’ industry drives police militarization and makes us all less safe

The growing militarization of law enforcement agencies, fueled by the “use of force” industry, has anti-police violence groups protesting and arguing that governments should prioritize human needs over militarization and violence.

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The Canadian Progressive: How storytelling can help address police violence

Storytelling can help address police violence by enabling victims to articulate their personal experiences and reveal unjust policing practices. As well, articulated personal experiences of police brutality can help policing agencies to develop better … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: How storytelling can help address police violence

Montreal Simon: Sammy Yatim and the Legacy of Hope

In one of my last posts I looked at the tragic case of Sammy Yatim who was killed on a Toronto streetcar by police officer James Forcillo.Who shot the troubled teenager barely a minute after arriving on the scene, rather than take the time to negotiate… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Sammy Yatim and the Legacy of Hope

Montreal Simon: Sammy Yatim and the Day of Justice

It's been three years and one day since 18-year-old Sammy Yatim was shot to death on a Toronto streetcar by police officer James Forcillo.But yesterday his killer was finally sentenced.A Toronto police officer who gunned down a troubled teen on an… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Sammy Yatim and the Day of Justice

Montreal Simon: What We Can Learn From the Madness in America

The last thing I wanted to do was write about the violent horror show that is Crazy America.Because I was so traumatized by the Orlando massacre, I've had trouble writing about ANYTHING. But with two more black men being shot dead, for nothing…. . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: What We Can Learn From the Madness in America

Montreal Simon: The Killing of Sammy Yatim: Should Another Cop Be Charged?

It's been almost a week since the Toronto police officer James Forcillo was found guilty of the attempted murder of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim. Even though he killed him, and it was murder.And now there are calls for another police officer to be ch… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Killing of Sammy Yatim: Should Another Cop Be Charged?

Montreal Simon: The Police Murder of Sammy Yatim: The Shocking Verdict

It's one of the most bizarre verdicts I've ever seen. A Toronto police officer is found guilty of attempted murder for shooting a troubled teenager on a streetcar.But not guilty of murder.Even though he killed him.Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Police Murder of Sammy Yatim: The Shocking Verdict

The Canadian Progressive: RCMP national website downed, Anonymous claims responsibility

After vow to avenge the RCMP’s deadly Dawson Creek shooting, Anonymous is claiming responsibility for downing the Canadian police force’s website Sunday.

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Montreal Simon: Why Does Stephen Harper Want to Turn Us Into Bloody Amerika?

I try not to watch too much American TV news, because what's happening in this diseased Harperland is crazy enough.And because every time I do watch it these days, it seems another black man is being killed by a white police officer for no sane reason.And when I see someone handcuff a human being . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Does Stephen Harper Want to Turn Us Into Bloody Amerika?

The Canadian Progressive: Quebec police unleash violence on anti-austerity protesters [VIDEO]

Protesters hit the streets to protest the Quebec provincial government’s austerity policies. The police unleashed tear gas, sound bombs and rubber bullets, hitting some of the protesters in the face.

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The Canadian Progressive: #BlackLivesMatter Responds To Murder Of Two NYPD Officers

“An eye for an eye is not our vision of justice,” says #BlackLivesMatter in response to last week’s execution-style killing of two NYPD officers.

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The Canadian Progressive: Ferguson Protesters: “The Results Are In And We Still Don’t Have Justice”

Ferguson protesters respond to the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

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The Canadian Progressive: #BlackLivesMatter: Ottawa Vigil For Michael Brown, Against Police Violence

Hundreds of activists are expected at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa this evening for a vigil for slain African American teenager Michael Brown.

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Politics and its Discontents: Lest We Forget

Brutality against women can come from those whose duty it is to protect and serve: A Winnipeg woman said this week that she had filed a complaint after an officer beat her in her own home as her 8-year-old son watched.

Lana Sinclair told CBC that Winnipeg police officers showed up on Halloween night to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Lest We Forget

Politics and its Discontents: Wouldn’t A Taser Have Been More Appropriate?

I have often thought that had the video evidence not been so strong and graphic in the shooting of Sammy Yatim, the ‘official’ police story would have been that the disturbed 18-year-old had lunged at officers and thus had to be killed. What the video apparently showed, however, was what many would describe as the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Wouldn’t A Taser Have Been More Appropriate?

Montreal Simon: Police Officer Charged in the Killing of Sammy Yatim

It was one of the most sickening things I have ever witnessed, the police execution of Sammy Yatim.A teenager riddled with bullets on a streetcar for no sane reason. And then tasered as he lay there bleeding.It was brutal, it was senseless, it was madness.So I couldn't be happier about the decision to charge . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Police Officer Charged in the Killing of Sammy Yatim

Politics, Re-Spun: A Little Bit of Civil Terrorism…

A little bit of civil terrorism keeps the population docile, afraid of irrational and unjust behaviour from law enforcement [sic] but hey, it helps us all live more peacefully because if you’re not a terrorist, you have nothing to fear from police terrorism via unconstitutional and racially discriminatory persecution. Right?

Nope:

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Pipeline Crusade

Well he may be losing his battle to convince Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, but I see nothing will stop Stephen Harper from launching yet another oily crusade. First he will conquer or bribe British Columbia.A parade of cabinet ministers and senior bureaucrats will head to British Columbia starting next week . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Pipeline Crusade

Montreal Simon: 80-year-old Woman Tasered in Ontario

I must admit I didn't think that police in Otario could stoop any lower than the public execution of Sammy Yatim. For its senseless brutality stunned me. But then so does this. Ontario's police watchdog is investigating after officers deployed a Taser on an 80-year-old woman in Mississauga, Ont. Read more »

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Montreal Simon: Sammy Yatim and the City of the Dead

I've now seen all I need to see about the police execution of Sammy Yatim. Almost more than I can bear to watch. And like Rosie DiManno, more than enough to sicken me. I am sickened that a teenager with a small knife, who’d done nothing more hostile than shout profanities, was felled . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Sammy Yatim and the City of the Dead

Montreal Simon: Sammy Yatim and the Fatal Legacy of Stephen Harper

When I went by Dundas Square this evening after work, a march had already departed heading for the place where Sammy Yatim was killed. All that was left was a chalk memorial that the rain will soon wash away.But I will not easily forget what happened to that troubled teenager. Not only because it . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Sammy Yatim and the Fatal Legacy of Stephen Harper

Montreal Simon: Montreal and the Grand Prix Circus

It's Saturday night in Montreal, and the Grand Prix party is just warming up. Thousands of people are milling around on Ste Catherine street.

Demonstrators, racing fans, tourists, party kids, riot police.

And I'm watching the live feed on CUTV and can't believe what I'm seeing. So I can understand why some tourists . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Montreal and the Grand Prix Circus

Montreal Simon: The Police Execution of Paul Boyd

I think this is the most disturbing video I've ever seen.

Paul Boyd, a mentally ill man in Vancouver crawls towards police after being shot seven times.

And is finished off with a shot to the head.Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Police Execution of Paul Boyd

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: State terrorism visits Quebec student protesters

Please note that this video contains disturbing graphic images of police violence and state terrorism against the ongoing student protests in Quebec. The video is accompanied by “Which side are you on?” music. This video can be found at YouTube