Calling on Government to Act on White Supremacy and Domestic Terrorism in Law Enforcement
Updated: Jan 15
In honour of what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s ninety-second birthday and in response to the deadly events at the U.S. Capitol on 6 January 2021, I am calling on our elected officials to take steps to curb the spread of white supremacy and domestic terrorism in our law enforcement and military organizations.
On 6 January, we saw active-duty members of police and the military join in an effort to overthrow a democratic election. The Justice Department has since alleged that some of these individuals had specific plans to kidnap or kill elected officials. These events wholly validated the FBI's 2006 warning about the rise in white supremacist terrorists in law enforcement organizations, which was largely ignored by the people in power.
The fact is that we have no idea to what extent domestic terrorists and terrorist sympathizers have infiltrated Canadian law enforcement and military organizations. We don't even know how big the problem is and no reason to feel confident that current leadership will address this issue. The Canadian system of government and justice places a large degree of trust in our law enforcement officials. We must act before it is too late.
I am calling on our elected officials to order all law enforcement and military organizations under their jurisdiction to produce a comprehensive plan to combat white supremacy and domestic terrorism within their ranks. I encourage anyone else who recognizes the gravity of this situation to do the same. Anyone is welcome to download my letter and utilize it as they see fit.
I have written to the following individuals:
Spencer Chandra-Hebert, MLA for Vancouver-West End (my riding)
Hedy Fry, MP for Vancouver Centre (my riding)
Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety (BC) and MLA for Port Coquitlam
David Eby, Attorney General (BC) and MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey
David Lametti, Minister for Justice and MP for LaSalle-Émard-Verdun
Bill Blair, Minister for Public Safety and MP for Scarborough Southwest
Harjit Sajjan, Minister for National Defence and MP for Vancouver South
Dominic Leblanc, Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs and MP for Beauséjour
Federal contacts: https://www.ourcommons.ca/members/en
Provincial (BC) contacts: https://www.leg.bc.ca/learn-about-us/members