Thursday, June 18, 2020

In an op-ed for the Globe and Mail, published June 17, Professor Kent Roach, Prichard Wilson Chair in Law and Public Policy and and co-author Ian Scott, the former director of Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit and author of Issues in Civilian Oversight of Policing in Canada, write on why there must be standards for the oversight of force and reforms to its governance and complaints process.

"Canadians have been sickened by the RCMP dash-cam video of the violent arrest of Chief Allan Adam. Less is known about the police killings in New Brunswick of Chantel Moore and Rodney Levi; the deaths of these two Indigenous people, however, raise suspicions.

More footage of RCMP use of force is tragically inevitable. If the RCMP are to continue their front-line policing work across eight provinces and three territories, there must be national standards for oversight of its use of force, and fundamental reforms to its governance and complaints process."

Read the full Globe & Mail op-ed