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Power maintains power in politicians’ reticence to overhaul policing

By Erica Ifill      

Trudeau thinks he can solve anti-Black racism by side-stepping police overhaul; his actions demonstrate his belief that economic measures will usurp the need for police accountability. He is so very wrong. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured in the Sir John A. Macdonald Building on March 19. While the Liberals pretend to make police reforms that they missed putting in the budget, they distract us with dalliances with police accountability that end up increasing police funding, such as the ruse of body cameras, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—The Derek Chauvin conviction may not be the victory it’s purported to be, given that within 24 hours of the verdict, police in America gunned down six Black people as a show of dominance. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response to the verdict was exceptionally mealy-mouthed (he essentially said that systemic racism is bad, which is such a grave understatement, it comes off as mockery), given that he’s had a year to respond to anti-Black racism and has only delivered half-measures. 

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