Halifax councillors react to RCMP's decision not to apologize for use of street checks

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On Wednesday, it was reported that the RCMP won't be following suit with Halifax Regional Police in apologizing to the Black community for use of street checks.

Street checks are now banned in Nova Scotia after an independent review found Black people were six times more likely to be street checked than white people.

The Examiner reached out to a number of people for their reaction, including a number of Halifax Regional councillors, where the city has contracts with both the Halifax Regional Police and the RCMP. Here's who we contacted:

We did not reach out to councillors for districts 3, 7, 9, 10, 11, and 16 or to Halifax Mayor Mike Savage.

District 14 Councillor Lisa Blackburn was the first to respond and replied to all four of our questions:

On Wednesday, District 9 Councillor Shawn Cleary was on NEWS 95.7 and said he thinks the city should do away with its contract with the RCMP.

I later heard back from District 5 Councillor Sam Austin who wrote:

Early this morning, I also heard back from District 13 Councillor Pam Lovelace:

Matthew Byard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Halifax Examiner

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