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Hastings Women’s Law Journal

Abstract

This paper addresses the problem of police misconduct in a historical and theoretical context that examines prior efforts at reform and argues for the development of a new, collaborative approach. This examination critiques the domination of legal strategies in the past and looks for community-based initiatives with a view to achieving fundamental structural change. The context is local and particularized in the City of Toronto and in a community legal clinic. The lessons, it is argued, are universal. Clinic files, media accounts, and inquiry records are drawn upon to center the discussion in the "real world" of poverty, perception, and public response.

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