March 30, 2016
The Black Law Students' Association at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law is standing in solidarity with Black Lives Matter Toronto, alongside a growing list of anti-oppression groups, organizations, and unions. The Black Lives Matter tent city protest stands against anti-Black racism, police violence against our communities and advocates the need to overhaul the Special Investigations Unit. We support the Black Lives Matter Members because our members are directly impacted by everything that they are fighting for. We are aware of the intersection of systemic discrimination and the law, and believe that action must be taken in order for there to be change. The tireless work of Black Lives Matter, and its allies, has already led to Afrofest being restored to two days.
Like many organizations, we are calling on Chief Mark Saunders, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory to respond to the other demands made by Black Lives Matter, namely:
– The immediate release of the name(s) of the officer(s) who killed Andrew Loku
– Charges to be laid against the officers who killed Mr. Loku.
– The immediate and public release of any video footage from the apartment complex where Andrew Loku was murdered.
– The adoption of the African Canadian Legal Clinic's demand for a coroner's inquest into the death of Andrew Loku.
– An overhaul of the province's Special Investigations Unit, in consultation with families of victims of Police violence, the Black community, and the community at large.
– A commitment to the full elimination of carding, including: the deletion of all previously recorded data, reframing of regulations to prohibitions, consistent implementation policy amongst different police boards, and concrete disciplinary measures for officers who continue to card.
– The immediate release of the name(s) of the officer who killed Alex Wettlaufer, and charges to be laid accordingly.
The BLSA Ottawa Executive.
(Chelsi Bonair, Thelma Essibrah, Samantha Peters, Jenelle McCalla, Beverly Sarfo, Winnie Phillips-Osei, Jeff Akomah, Zain Dar, Sarrah Coulibaly, Alexandra Oli, Angelina Mbuyi and Regina Bah).