Black Action Defence Committee

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Black Action Defense Committee
Formation1988; 32 years ago (1988)
FoundersDudley Laws
Charles Roach
Sherona Hall
Lennox Farrell

The Black Action Defence Committee (BADC) is a Canadian activist group founded by Dudley Laws, Charles Roach,[1] Sherona Hall and Lennox Farrell,[2] with Laws as the group's chair. It was founded in 1988 in response to the killing of Lester Donaldson, which was the latest in a series of police shootings of Black men in Toronto.[3][4][5] Among its several accomplishments, the BADC was primarily responsible for the creation of Ontario's Special Investigations Unit. The BADC organized demonstrations and called for an end to "police investigating police", which had become the norm when police shootings previously occurred. Still in effect, the SIU investigates incidents involving police shootings.


  1. ^ Francine Koupin, "He says nay to the Queen", Toronto Star, May 11, 2007
  2. ^ Lennox V. Farrell, "A return 'Into the heart of Africa'", Toronto Star, February 16, 2005
  3. ^ Philip Mascoll, "Sherona Hall, 59: Fighter for justice", Toronto Star, January 9, 2007
  4. ^ K.K. Campbell, "LAWS CHARGES METRO POLICE BIAS AGAINST BLACKS `WORSE THAN L.A.' Archived 2011-02-03 at the Wayback Machine" Eye Weekly, October 1, 1992
  5. ^ Kevin Donvan, "Police probe mental history of man police killed", Toronto Star, August 18, 1988