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Data suggests Labrador Innu and Inuit are named more often in RCMP releases. Advocates are asking why – CBC

by ahnationtalk on July 27, 202021 Views

Jul 27, 2020

Police say race not a factor in identifying people charged with crimes

Indigenous people in Labrador are asking questions about why police release the names of some people charged with crimes, and not others.

In comments on Facebook, Inuit and Innu people have asked the RCMP to explain the process by which a person’s name is released, and suggested that Indigenous people were being unfairly singled out.

A spokesperson for the RCMP said race is not a factor in the decision to release an accused person’s name, but a review by CBC found Indigenous people seem to be overrepresented among the people named in news releases published on social media between May 1 and July 24.

“It’s all over Facebook. It’s a huge thing,” said Jodie Ashini of Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, who was among the people questioning the RCMP on social media.

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