This U.S. election has seen an inordinate amount of involvement by police organizations, including police unions and departments. The protests against anti-police brutality have also identified which politicians are pro-police. While police are meant — ideally — to be non-partisan, there have been events over the past few months that have highlighted where police stand on the presidential hopefuls.

Trump has been vocal in his pro-police stance, refusing to condemn police brutality and sympathizing with pro-police militia. Biden’s choice to take a knee during several media events prompted senior members of police organizations to view him as unsympathetic, costing him their vote.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Temitope Oriola from the University of Alberta writes that politics and policing have never been separate, but this further intertwining reflects a dangerous shift in U.S. culture.

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Nehal El-Hadi

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Police speak to a group of Trump supporters who were campaigning near a polling station on Nov. 3, 2020, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Police and politics have been dangerously intertwined during the 2020 U.S. presidential election

Temitope Oriola, University of Alberta

Police organizations in the United States have become political players in the election. This is due to politicians' responses to the Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality movements.

Dispatch rider with pigeons leaving for firing line, His Majesty’s Pigeon Service, November 1917, location unknown. (William Rider-Rider. Canada. Department of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-002034)

First World War poet Wilfred Owen, treated for shell shock, carried readers into the horror of war

Mark Libin, University of Manitoba

British poet Wilfred Owen told readers there is no peace for the dying solidier until we fight against the lie that it is sweet and proper to die for one's country.

Coyotes and other wildlife are making backyards and urban communities part of their homes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Silvio Santos

How coyotes and humans can learn to coexist in cities

Lauren E. Van Patter, Queen's University, Ontario

Lethal methods and relocation aren't effective, sustainable or humane approaches to human-wildlife conflicts.

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COVID-19 is disrupting the migration of new talent to Canada

Stein Monteiro, Ryerson University

To ensure foreign workers continue to view Canada as a place to live and work, the government must find a way to keep borders open to all workers essential to the post-pandemic economic recovery.

The TRIPS waiver enables WTO member states to manufacture and distribute COVID-19 drugs and medical supplies that would normally be protected by patents. (Pixabay)

COVID-19 drug and vaccine patents are putting profit before people

Ronald Labonte, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa; Mira Johri, Université de Montréal

The TRIPS waiver makes COVID-19 treatments more accessible globally by enabling manufacture and distribution of COVID-19 drugs and medical supplies that would normally be protected by patents.

La Conversation Canada

Voyant la victoire lui échapper, Donald Trump se lance dans une bataille judiciaire. Evan Vucci/AP

Craignant la défaite, Trump tente sa chance devant les tribunaux

Sarah John, Flinders University

Trump conteste les résultats dans quatre États clés. Voici ce qu’il revendique – et ses chances de succès pour arrêter le décompte des voix ou renverser les résultats.

Prévue pour décembre 2020, la sortie de Dune, le très attendu film du cinéaste québécois Denis Villeneuve, a été reportée à l'automne 2021 en raison de la pandémie. Warner Brothers

Les salles de cinéma survivront-elles à la crise sanitaire mondiale ?

Tchéhouali Destiny, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Les mesures pour freiner la deuxième vague de la pandémie fragilisent de nouveau l’industrie du cinéma, qui se relevait peu à peu avec la reprise de la fréquentation des salles pendant l’été.



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