Police Services across North America have taken the hot seat over the past couple years as numerous cases of profiling and police brutality received international media attention. Contrary to popular misconception that Asian-Canadians do not have negative experiences with law enforcement, studies have shown that dissatisfaction with police, as well as experiences of police mistreatment, is prevalent in Asian-Canadian communities. Civilian oversight boards, which are established to ensure police accountability, often fail to function effectively. As our institutions explore how to address the growing concerns surrounding racism in policing, one important question to ask is what the role is for impacted communities in this process of change. Today, we hope to bring together a panel with institutional, academic and grassroots representation to share their thoughts and insight.
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