Tears came to my eyes when I read the account of Cherry Rose’s brutal assault, paralysis, +and subsequent death at the hands of agents of the state. We expect the state to protect us and our loved ones. We also expect the system to come clean and accept full responsibility for actions taken on its behalf. Cherry Rose deserved to live. She was a black mom who cared for the well-being of her family.
Her dignity was seriously violated when agents of the he state, Police, for their own reasons kicked down her door and shot her. She had a right to be respected and protected in her castle … her home of all places. More care should have been taken to protect the vulnerable and innocent.
There are at least two other high profile cases of long overdue inquests to be held in ONTARIO, CANADA. Michael Benoit and Kwasi Keene Peters … and others less known to us. Get the show on the road, please for goodness sake! We are taking no sides.
We note additional support announced for families going through inquests. This is a step in the right direction and this move, even if late in the day must be lauded. Justice and and hopefully some form of closure should occur. We all deserve closure whether we live in the castle or the hut.
It is not my intention to use this perspective column to beat upon anyone, but justice should and needs to be colour blind.
There needs to be swift justice to ensure closure for victims of alleged injustice. Let the chips fall where they may.
We wait with bated breaths for these inquests and hope the survivors of victims will give full support to the process. It cannot be a one sided affair. Let it be for justice sake.
We ay Vision wish the Cherry Foundation Trust all the success. It is for a most worthy cause.
This is my perspective. What is yours?
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie who is a poet and social activist is also Senior International Correspondent & photojournalist for Vision Newspaper.