‘I was still not believed to be a police officer because of my Blackness’: York cops describe their experiences with systemic racism inside …

‘I was still not believed to be a police officer because of my Blackness’: York cops describe their experiences with systemic racism inside …
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Years of microaggressions, including being told a Jamaican accent was detrimental to being a cop. Repeatedly being passed over for promotions, or labelled a troublemaker for talking about discrimination on the job. Racist comments made in their presence.

In a rare presentation Wednesday, four Black York Regional Police (YRP) officers gave raw and emotional deputations to the force’s civilian police board, detailing personal experiences of anti-Black racism within the force and urging immediate change.

In one tense incident, an officer alleged he was made to fear for his life after being racially profiled by members of his own service in 2018.

According to Det.-Const. Neil Dixon, a standoff with fellow YRP members began when a citizen inside a restaurant saw two Black, plain-clothes…



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