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CBC Investigates – Deadly Force: How CBC analyzed details of hundreds of fatal encounters between Canadians, police – CBC

by ahnationtalk on April 5, 201869 Views

CBC researchers tracked down details about 460 Canadians who died at the hands of police

Apr 05, 2018

Close to five million Canadians have some form of run-in with police each year.

In the vast majority of cases, these interactions end without aggression or injury. However, about 30 times per year someone dies at the hands of police.

And while the deadly use of force by police can have a significant impact on the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they oversee, no official body in Canada collects or tracks the details of these incidents. Rather, all that exists currently is a patchwork of statistics across provinces or groups of private citizens who are trying to keep tabs on the number of victims.

In 2017, a team of CBC researchers began the process of tracking details surrounding the deaths of citizens during encounters with police by culling thousands of independent investigator reports, coroner reports, court records and news reports, and by conducting family interviews.

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