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Indigenous distrust of police persists - Toward Reconciliation

30.5.16

Indigenous distrust of police persists - Toward Reconciliation: A survey by Maclean’s magazine and Discourse Media published in 2016 showed that the odds of an Indigenous student from the sampled population being stopped by police were 1.6 times higher than a non-Indigenous student.

The story doesn’t just resonate with students. It is also familiar to Indigenous people Krohn works with, many of whom report assaults and injuries resulting from altercations with the police. “I’ve heard different stories,” says Krohn. Stories, she says, such as “Yeah, I got picked up into the drunk tank, I don’t know why they slammed me against the car so hard.”

While physical injuries heal, the survey suggests that intangible wounds — like loss of trust in police and even fear of them — continue to resonate long past the incident that caused them.


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