Weeknote 10 2021

§1 The Windsor Police Service Uses a Disproportional Use of Force Against Visible Minorities

There was a special episode on Rose City Politics released on Saturday in which Dr. Natalie Delia Deckard and Sarah Mushtaq shared perspectives on the 2020 Windsor Police Service Use of Force Report that was released in February to the WPS Board. The episode is excellent and I strongly recommend that you should listen to it.

If you are looking for more context, the CBC covered this story at the end of February.

Can the WPS be reformed? Or should we reduce its harm by defunding the service and pursuing community safety through other community organizations?

Consider the following from Jeff Shantz:

Weaponizing Reform

Abolitionists have regularly pointed out the pitfalls of reforms, and how reforms are recouped and distorted by governments to buttress and expand policing. On March 26, 2019, the Conservative government in Ontario passed the Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act, 2019.  The new legislation replaced Bill 175, which had been introduced by the previous Liberal government. That bill had somewhat strengthened the mandates of Ontario’s existing oversight agencies, including the SIU, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC). The new law scraps the OCPC and turns the OIPRD into the Law Enforcement Complaints Agency (LECA), which now receives and screens public complaints involving police officers….

…This is the weaponizing of reform against communities. And like policing itself, this weaponized reform disproportionately targets and harms Black and Indigenous people and communities. While the SIU only began keeping race-based data at the end of 2020, the Ontario Human Rights Commission has been examining SIU data and released an in 2018. Examining racial profiling and interactions between police and Toronto residents who are Black, the Commission found that while 8.8 percent of residents are Black, the SIU data showed “Black people were overrepresented in use-of-force cases (28.8 per cent), shootings (36 per cent), deadly encounters (61.5 per cent) and fatal shootings (70 per cent).” This is what weaponized oversight reforms are protecting.

Up Against the Blue Wall: Police “Oversight” and the Weaponizing of Reform, The Media Co-Op, Jeff Shantz, March 9 2021

If the chair of the Windsor Police Board really believes in evidence-based decision making, perhaps he should find a way to advocate for evidence-based policing.

§2 The topic of the next city council meeting is a secret

Notice of Special In-Camera Meeting – Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 12:00 noon (via Teleconference) regarding Legal Matter – Advise subject to Solicitor-Client Privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose.

§3 Another item filed under “not surprised but still disappointed”