Kash Heed lashes out at police and politicians for blaming South Asian community, tells community not to tolerate this

Kash Heed: Exposing the hypocrisy of police and politicians
Kash Heed: Exposing the hypocrisy of police and politicians




“UNBELIEVABLE! I am so angry at what is going on and how they are labelling our community,” former solicitor general Kash Heed told The VOICE on Monday.

Heed lashed out at the politicians, the bureaucrats and police officials who have been shamelessly blaming the South Asian / Indo-Canadian community for their own incompetence in dealing the issue of gang violence.

Heed said: “For crying out loud, I am sick and tired of hearing this from these people because they are so ill-informed. As a matter of fact, their comments are very, very irresponsible.”

And he added: “It’s time that our community stepped up and fought back instead of taking it from these people, because I can tell you right now very seldom do you see them going after any of the other ethnic groups or even the mainstream society and pointing the finger at them, saying ‘there’s a code of silence that’s why we are having to deal with it.’”

Heed asked these accusers: “Why don’t you come up with some effective investigation strategies, some effective prevention strategies, and put them in place instead of always pointing the finger at the Indo-Canadian community and saying it’s their fault?


HEED poked fun at the politicians and police officials who were very conveniently shifting the onus on to the South Asian community, noting: “First of all let me just point out to you that I don’t know where these law enforcement officials have been all these years.” He said suspects have not been cooperating since police was formed.

Kash mockingly wondered “why there’s always such a surprise that the suspects are not telling them who’s doing what,” adding: “That’s the way it’s been for years. That’s the way it’s been before the institution in society called policing was created. Where have they been all these years!”

Heed told The VOICE: “It’s easier for them to point the finger at someone else versus knowing that they haven’t put together a comprehensive prevention strategy in place, one that you and I talked about in 2002 [when I was fighting for the establishment of a special gang task force to deal with the surge in Indo-Canadian gang violence at the time]. We talked about putting all pieces of the puzzle together and the fact that no matter how many forums we had and how many discussion groups we brought together, there was no will by these officials, by these government agencies, by these bureaucrats, by these politicians to put that comprehensive prevention strategy in place.”

Heed said that had they done that back then, had they invested in the programs that were shown to be effective in reducing gang behaviour / criminal behaviour for these particular groups, the situation would have been different. But none of this was put into place.

Heed added: “So we can sit here and we can talk about this again, and I’ll tell you right now, unless there is a comprehensive strategy put in place, you and I are going to be having this discussion again.”

And who should put all this in place?

Heed answered: “These same people who are pointing a finger at our community – these municipal politicians, these provincial politicians and these federal politicians and police officials that are pointing the finger at our community and saying ‘oh, it’s you because you are not coming forward. It’s you because you are silent.’”