•   
  •   
  •   

CanadaPeel cops had ‘no alternative’ but to handcuff 6-year-old Black girl at school, police lawyer argues in human rights case

01:26  30 may  2019
01:26  30 may  2019 Source:   thestar.com

Few details offered on CBE school bullying review as another Calgary mother calls for action

Few details offered on CBE school bullying review as another Calgary mother calls for action The Calgary Board of Education continues to offer few details of a promised independent review into bullying at its schools, as more complaints and stories from concerned parents continue to surface. Several parents have shared disturbing stories of bullying at Calgary elementary schools and what they see as apathy and inaction by both the schools concerned and the school board. The worst case involved nine-year-old Amal Alshteiwi, who took her own life at home after sustained bullying at her northeast elementary school.

Peel Regional Police officers who handcuffed a 6 - year - old Black girl inside a Mississauga school decided to restrain her based, at least in part, on her race, a lawyer for the child’s mother argued at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Wednesday. In his opening statement, Roger Love, the lawyer

The ruling comes after police were called to a Peel Region elementary school in 2016 after educators said the girl , who has a history of aggressive behaviour, hit a child and threw items at school staff. 2:22 Human Rights Tribunal rules race a factor in incident involving Peel police , 6 - year - old girl .

Peel cops had ‘no alternative’ but to handcuff 6-year-old Black girl at school, police lawyer argues in human rights case© Andrew Francis Wallace The mother alleges her daughter was the victim of anti-Black racism when she was handcuffed. Neither she nor her daughter can be identified based on a publication ban applied Wednesday Peel cops had ‘no alternative’ but to handcuff 6-year-old Black girl at school, police lawyer argues in human rights case© Andrew Francis Wallace The young girl who was handcuffed by Peel police at her school in September 2016 holds a doll next to her mother outside the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal building in Toronto Wednesday.

Peel Regional Police officers who handcuffed a 6-year-old Black girl inside a Mississauga school decided to restrain her based, at least in part, on her race, a lawyer for the child’s mother argued at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Wednesday.

An exclusive look at the RCMP’s alleged campaign to get rid of Mounties with disabilities

An exclusive look at the RCMP’s alleged campaign to get rid of Mounties with disabilities "The hallmarks are the same in every case," says lawyer Sebastien Anderson, "the end result is the same: people being forced into this medical discharge."

The Orlando police officer, Dennis Turner, arrested two 6 - year - olds in a one-week period in If body cams had existed during my parents era, society's perception of the cops would be entirely different Every elementary school I’ve worked at has had multiple staff members who are restraint trained.

Peel cops had ‘ no alternative ’ but to handcuff 6 - year - old Black girl at school , police lawyer argues in human rights case . Police must not miss opportunity to address ‘worrisome’ levels of public trust, especially among racialized people: report authors. “The officers followed proper protocol based

In his opening statement, Roger Love, the lawyer representing the child and her mother, said the girl never should have been handcuffed — on both her hands and her feet — inside a Peel region elementary school in September 2016.

“This girl was unarmed, and experiencing a tantrum... However extreme this episode may have been, it didn’t warrant the use of physical restraints,” said Love, a lawyer with the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, told the tribunal.

“There were other options and the decision to handcuff was, at least in part, based on race.”

The woman and her child — neither of whom can be identified based on a publication ban applied Wednesday — filed an application to the province’s Human Rights Tribunal alleging police “brutalized” and used “excessive” force against the child.

UN human rights observers warn Quebec about secularism bill

UN human rights observers warn Quebec about secularism bill High-ranking human rights monitors with the United Nations are concerned the Quebec government will violate fundamental freedoms if it moves ahead with legislation to limit where religious symbols can be worn. Three UN legal experts, known as rapporteurs, signed and sent a letter written in French last week to the Canadian mission in Geneva. They asked the diplomats to share the letter with Quebec's legislature.

8- year - old boy with mental disability handcuffed by cops after leaving school A 25- year - old boyfriend was called out on social media for policing his girlfriend's behavior. As Yemen grapples with gender inequality, Seham Amer is proving girls have a right to learn how to defend themselves.

Peel cops had ‘ no alternative ’ but to handcuff 6 - year - old Black girl at school , police lawyer argues in human rights case | The Star thestar.com. The most accurate thing I have ever ever read about myself 😂.

The claim, filed against the Peel Regional Police Services Board, alleges discrimination based on colour and race, saying it’s an example of anti-Black racism.

At the first day of the hearing, lawyer Paula Rusak said the police board strongly disputes the allegations, which she called “reckless” and “false.” She said the written human rights claim contained “hyperbole” and “highly provocative and inflammatory words,” alleging there was no due diligence taken to ensure that what was being alleged is true.

Rusak argued the evidence will show that officers acted reasonably and that the child needed to be restrained because she was in danger of hurting herself or others around her.

“The optics are not great, but I think we all know that children sometimes can be difficult to handle, and in this particular case, the officers had no alternative but to restrain her as best they could,” Rusak said.

Man with severe asthma says new police powers unfair for people unable to do breath test

Man with severe asthma says new police powers unfair for people unable to do breath test A B.C. man with severe breathing issues who recently had his car impounded and driver's licence suspended — twice — says new rules that allow police across the country to pull over any vehicle and force the driver to take a breath test are causing undue hardship for people who cannot blow into a breathalyzer. Jimmy Forster, 63, suffers from severe asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and takes daily medications to help him breathe. He lives in the small village of Chase — population 2,300 — in the B.C. Interior.

Police Chief Charles Barnes knowingly hired a bad cop . Officer Robert Baucom was a deputy at the The Houston-based attorney also claims important documents in the case are missing, including records of "It's unheard of to take someone into custody, and have no court record," said Lewis. Know your rights when dealing with the police . This is what the cops don't want you to know. http

Also have had the cops have to give me my legal pistol back a few times. We have no context. Depending upon the context, it could be perfectly reasonable for law enforcement to arrive and secure the scene, including removing firearms from persons.

“At that time — it’s easy to Monday-morning quarterback — but at that time, that was the best thing to do.”

The facts as presented by in the human rights claim, she said, “are not going to be provable.”

The incident stems from a Sept. 30, 2016, incident, when police were called to Nahani Way Public School, after a teacher claimed the child had been assaulting students and staff, according to the human rights application filed by the mother.

According to the mother’s written claim, it was the third time that month that police had been called to the school because the child was misbehaving. The officer who arrived first said he found the child flanked by school officials and observed that she was “calm,” the claim states.

After a second officer arrived, the child became “agitated and started running throughout the school,” according to the officer’s notes, quoted in the application. The officers located her at the school’s gymnasium, where there was an assembly going on, and picked the 48-pound child up and carried her to the main office, according to the application.

Black and Indigenous people less likely to trust Toronto police, survey finds

Black and Indigenous people less likely to trust Toronto police, survey finds There are “striking” differences in Torontonians’ perceptions of police depending on their race, with Black and Indigenous residents showing the lowest levels of trust in the city’s officers, according to a newly released survey commissioned by the civilian police board. The survey found 50 per cent of Black respondents believe officers discriminated against them because of their ethnic background, and its results show a “very clear” association between carding and the public’s perception of Toronto police officers, its authors state. Overall, 68 per cent of those surveyed believe the city’s police officers are honest.

The officers then handcuffed her wrists and ankles while she sat in a chair, then later, laid her down on her stomach and handcuffed her hands behind her back, according to the claim. The officers then called paramedics, although the claim alleges that the officers “provided no reasons in their notes that would support that decision.”

Read more:

Black and Indigenous people less likely to trust Toronto police, survey finds

Toronto police have been using facial recognition technology for more than a year

Toronto cop pleads guilty to police misconduct over assault on Black man a judge called a ‘shocking violation’

The mother was contacted at work and came to the school to pick up her daughter. She has since filed the human rights claim, launched a complaint to Ontario’s Office of the Independent Police Review Director and initiated a lawsuit against the police.

Asked by Love why she took legal action, the mother, who was called as a witness Wednesday, said she believes her daughter was only handcuffed because she is Black.

“I believe that light needed to be shone on the issue of police brutality. I believed that the parties responsible had to pay,” she said. “So that another 6-year-old girl doesn’t get shackled.”

On the stand, the mother acknowledged that her daughter had behavioural issues at school at the time. She stated her child was processing traumatic incidents in the fall of 2016, including the mother’s own recent cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Ex WWE star Terri Runnels arrested with loaded gun at airport

Ex WWE star Terri Runnels arrested with loaded gun at airport Terri was booked into jail on a class 3 felony.

She stated she was working with the school staff, including its social worker, and others to find ways to address the causes of her daughter’s behavioural issues and improve her parenting skills. She felt that she did “everything in my power to try and see what the underlying reasons were.”

In cross-examination, Rusak asked the mother about the specifics of prior violent incidents the school claimed the child was involved in, some leading to the child being suspended multiple times. Those incidents included that she bit one of the school staff members through a jean jacket, drawing blood; that she rode a bicycle into a staff member; that she threw scissors and a sharp pencil at a staff member; that she’d gone outside and started throwing rocks, and that she’d been violent with other students.

The mother claimed that when she was called to pick her child up from school, the school generally did not give specifics about her daughter’s problematic behaviour. The mother acknowledged that she knew there were behavioural concerns.

The tribunal continues Thursday.

Wendy Gillis is a Toronto-based reporter covering crime and policing. Reach her by email at wgillis@thestar.ca or follow her on Twitter: @wendygillis

Read more

The slippery genius of the Cinderella story.
The slippery genius of the Cinderella story

Topical videos:

usr: 3
This is interesting!