African American Man Seeks Asylum In Canada Over Police Brutality
American born Kyle Lydell Canty is seeking asylum in Canada citing what he is calling state sanctioned violence plaguing his home country. In seeking refugee status before Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board in Vancouver, Kyle Lydell Canty is arguing that he belongs to a vulnerable minority that is “being exterminated at an alarming rate” in his homeland. Canty, who was born in New York, has resided in six states over the span of three decades. He arrived in Canada nearly two months ago. He traveled to Vancouver early last month as a tourist, but says he decided to apply for refugee status shortly after his arrival. He now resides at a homeless shelter. He told Vancouver immigration officials that he was fleeing from discrimination and state violence that is plaguing his home country. Canty held up examples of police killings of Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, Eric Garner and others as to proof that African Americans are in danger. As well as the United Nation's condemnation of the United States for it's civil rights violations.
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Kyle Lydell Canty Said at his hearing:
“I’m in fear of my life because I’m black,” Canty told the board during his hearing on October 23, where he cited the killings of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York. “This is a well-founded fear.” “When I see the police coming in the U.S., I cross the street,” he said. In presenting his case before the IRB, Canty submitted evidence that he claims demonstrates that cops have harassed and profiled him in every state he’s lived in. “I got bothered because I’m black,” he alleges. “This is a history of false arrest. My name is ruined because of the false arrest.” In Canada, however, Canty says he does not perceive any existential threat from law enforcement and that he is more than comfortable interacting with Canadian authorities. During his hearing, Canty also discussed his outstanding criminal charges in the U.S., including ones for disorderly conduct, issuing threats, and resisting arrest. Melissa Anderson, the IRB spokeswoman for this case said a decision regarding Canty’s application would likely be issued within the next few weeks. Canada has accepted American refugees before. In 2013, three U.S. citizens were granted asylum, for instance. In 2010, actor Randy Quaid applied for refugee status, claiming he was being persecuted and possibly marked for death by “Hollywood star whacker” assassins. (He later withdrew his claim.) The United Nation's has issued a scathing review of the United Nation's police policies and law enforcement abuses. The UN Human Rights Council has said America is suffering from an epidemic of police violence, discrimination, needless killings and general neglect.