Police Use of Force in Canada
Dispelling the Myth of Difference
In Police Use of Force in Canada author Julius Haag examines the myth that police violence is a primarily American problem rooted in a deeply ingrained systemic and structural racism that is not found in our own Canadian policing systems. In his chapter Haag argues against this narrative of Canada’s national exceptionalism and the systemic denial of difference when it comes to the treatment of Black and Indigenous people in our criminal justice system. The chapter discusses topics such as the recent deaths of numerous Black and Indigenous people at the hands of police in Canada—including, among many others, D’Andre Campbell, Eishia Hudson, Andrew Loku, and Regis Korchinski-Paquet—drawing on a mixture of media accounts, data collected by police oversight agencies, and police reports.