International Day Against Police Brutality Date in the current year: March 15, 2016

International Day Against Police Brutality International Day Against Police Brutality (IDAPB) is a global observance held on March 15. It is a focal day of solidarity against police brutality that first began in 1997.

The term “police brutality” refers to the wanton use of excessive force by a police officer. It is one of the forms of police misconduct. Police brutality is widespread in a large number of countries despite being prosecuted in many of them.

IDAPB was launched by joint efforts of the Black Flag group (Switzerland) and Collective Opposed to Police Brutality (Montreal, Canada). It focuses on commemorating people who have suffered from police brutality and raising awareness about the importance of elimination of police misconduct.

In Canada, numerous demonstrations are organized on the occasion. The largest march is typically held in Montreal. Outside of Canada, IDAPB is observed in the US, the UK, Switzerland, Mexico, France, Argentina, and other countries.

IDAPB is quite a controversial awareness day. Canadian mainstream media often accuse the participants of the March Against Police Brutality of choosing the wrong methods of fighting for a just cause, while alternative media coverage tends to be more sympathetic to the demonstrators.

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