Apologies for street checks on horizon but community members say action is whats needed

A moratorium on street checks was turned into a permanent ban last month, and now an apology from the province could be forthcoming.

It’s something Halifax Regional Police Chief Dan Kinsella committed to doing just days after the practice was banned.

“This is an apology for much more than street checks,” he said. “I think we all know street checks are part of the larger issue. The more broad issue here is some 200 years of inequalities and injustice that have occurred and the apology will be all encompassing.”

That apology is scheduled for Nov. 29, but despite the province making street checks illegal, no such promise has been made from government.

Since the moratorium was put in place last April, politicians have admitted “the inappropriate use of street checks is alarming and unacceptable” but have all stopped short of issuing any apology, though recent comments by the justice minister indicate that position may have changed.

“When the province issues an apology it will be in a medium directly engaging the community itself,” Justice Minister Mark Fure

Despite attempts to clarify if that means an apology is coming, the justice department would only echo the minister’s comments saying “when we make an apology, it will be to the community directly.”

Since the Wortley report found African Nova Scotians were five times more likely to be stopped and street-checked by police than the general population, many in the African Nova Scotian community have been calling for an apology.

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