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Racial bias in Hamilton policing was highlighted in a 2003 civil lawsuit against the Hamilton Police Services and Board. The case was of Michael Dixon, a black male who was arrested at gun point by two Hamilton Police Officers and wrongfully jailed for 3 1/2 days despite that the 911 tip that got the officers in motion described the thief at Edwin Pass Jewelry store on James Street South as a “short white male”. Mr. Dixon, tall and black, was on a GO bus at the time of the robbery and had alibis at the scene of his gunpoint false arrest to corroborate his whereabouts.
Part of the Dixon settlement terms called for systematic racial diversity and equity based changes. How much has the Hamilton Police Service done to implement the Dixon human rights settlement?
Join us on Wednesday 28th for a conversation with Vilko Zbogar, Michael Dixon’s lawyer, to hear about tried and tested, best anti-racist police practices implemented in Toronto and elsewhere.
Where: 24 Main St. W., Hamilton. Enter through side doors of Centenary United Church, directly across MacNab bus terminal
When: January 28 2014 (Wednesday)
Time: 4pm to 5pm
Audience: Free and open to the public
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Event organized by Black, Brown, and Red Lives Matter (a McMaster University OPIRG Working Group).
To contact organizers: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Michael Dixon case see:
Judge rakes cops over the coals for wrongful arrest:
A learning opportunity: Michael Dixon’s wrongful arrest has provoked significant change in Hamilton policing:
Dixon case leads to racism debate: