Police reform doesn’t require emboldening reckless wannabe revolutionaries. Serious, realistic recommendations are available for anyone who wants to increase accountability and transparency, writes Jamil Jivani.
Ottawa’s police chief, Peter Sloly, is no stranger to the crisis of distrust plaguing police departments throughout North America. He has tackled this distrust head-on since his days as deputy chief of the Toronto Police Service, and has been asked to do so again following a not guilty verdict for the officer accused of using excessive force in the death of Abdirahman Abdi, a Somali-Canadian who suffered from mental illness.
On Monday, Sloly was asked about the verdict. He remarked, “We are listening, learning and changing. We will support our service members and our community members through these changes.”
Jamil Jivani is an award-winning lawyer and author, who serves as the Government of Ontario’s first-ever advocate for Community Opportunities. He also leads a youth-focused research nonprofit, Road Home Research & Analysis, which is supported by the Pinball Clemens Foundation, and hosts a weekly radio show, “Tonight with Jamil Jivani” on Newstalk 1010.