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“The EPS’s goal is that this dialogue between our members and the public about the impact of these images will bring tangible, long-term change to the unit and, more broadly, to our service. As this process unfolds, updates will be provided.”
The posters were first discovered in June during a workplace review. Postmedia revealed their existence a month later.
Jibril Ibrahim, a member of Edmonton’s Somali community who previously served on EPS’s African Community Liaison Committee, said he’s frustrated with the police service’s response to the images.
He said members of the African community requested a meeting with Chief Dale McFee about the posters, as well as other disciplinary issues, but that the chief hasn’t been available.
Ibrahim added he’s all for education, but feels the officers involved should face some kind of sanction.
“If you want to change behaviour, you have to hit people in the pockets,” he said.
Tiera Williams, who helped organize a rally against police brutality at the Alberta legislature following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, said she was “shocked” by the images.
“To know that people who have those views carry guns, and they’re supposed to serve Indigenous and Black people, it’s nerve-wracking,” she said, adding “I’m sure a lot of (EPS officers) are disgusted by (the images) as well.”
She also feels the officers should face some form of discipline.
Micki Ruth, chairwoman of the Edmonton Police Commission, said she is “very satisfied” with the police service’s response.