African-Canadian bar owners hit with ‘militaristic style’ police inspections, Edmonton coalition says

A human rights coalition has demanded a community meeting with Edmonton’s police chief to discuss concerns about local African-Canadian businesses being targeted for “militaristic style” business inspections.

The Coalition for Justice and Human Rights issued a media release Wednesday following a series of  meetings with the owner of Nyala Lounge and its patrons and staff, plus other business owners.

Nyala owner Moe Tesfay has accused police of racial profiling and harassing his customers during dozens of heavy-handed inspections. Police have denied any wrongdoing, arguing the inspections are based on public safety concerns.

“Nyala’s experience isn’t just about one business; we have heard from current and past business owners that unfair practices are ongoing and the community believes there is…

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