Resource on police violence in Canada

In 2019, Pivot published the blog 17 years of police violence in Canada. Since its publication, this resource has been used 35,000 times. This blog utilized data from CBC’s 2018 Deadly Force series. Using interactive tools and data analysis, we highlight concerning trends based on 460 fatal interactions with police across Canada, between 2000 and 2017. Notably, there is a clear pattern of over-representation of Black and Indigenous folks in instances of fatal police violence, exposing that members of these communities face far greater risk when interacting with police, even in seemingly “mild” encounters, like street stops.

You can find up-to-date information on CBC’s Deadly Force database, including the role of race and mental health distress in police-involved fatalities.