Thank you, Chair.
Thank you to both chiefs for being here and for your testimony.
Chief Nish, the past few months have been extremely difficult for the region of Peel with the tragic loss of D'Andre Campbell, a young black man from Brampton West, and Ejaz Choudry, a Muslim man from Mississauga, both dealing with mental health crises and both losing their lives at the hands of the police. Although these unfortunate incidents are currently under review with the special investigations unit, it is hard not to link them to systemic racism. The ongoing negative impact of systemic racism is eroding the public's trust and confidence in policing, which, as you know, is essential in keeping our communities safe.
Chief, D'Andre Campbell was a resident of Brampton West. As the member representing this diverse community, I've had many conversations with the black community in Brampton. Many of them are concerned. They are worried. They are hurt, rightfully so, and are losing confidence in our police. I know that you've been in your role in Peel for just over a year. You have been also engaging with the community and have been very open to and are proposing many changes. What my constituents want to know is this: What is the future of policing in Brampton and the region of Peel, and how do you plan on specifically addressing systemic racism in Peel Regional Police so that we don't have any more losses like D'Andre and Ejaz in our community?