Terms of Service

The YEG Police Violence Archive (referred to hereafter as the "Archive") aims to provide a publicly accessible database of incidents of police violence and police-perpetrated sexual violence in Edmonton, and to give victim-survivors of police violence a space to have their experiences recognized.

In granting permission for the Archive to publish your submission, you warrant that you are 18 years of age or older and have the full power and authority to consent to this agreement, that your submission does not infringe any existing copyright or contain any libelous matter, nor invade any third-party rights of privacy or publicity. If your submission does contain libelous or slanderous matter, you understand that you may be subject to legal action. You further agree to defend and hold harmless the Archive, its hosted website, its volunteer members, and ancillary groups and their employees against all claims, demands, costs, and expenses including attorney's fees incurred for any and all claims of copyright infringement or any other legal or regulatory course of action arising from the use of your material.

The Archive has no obligation to use or publish your contribution. You retain ownership of and copyright in the material you share.

By submitting your contribution, you grant a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to the Archive to preserve and make your work accessible via the Archive's website. This permission includes the right to modify your material to conform to the goals of the Archive, to reformat it as necessary to preserve its perceptibility and usefulness, and to make it available for educational, research, promotional purposes outside of the project, in all media formats. This license does not authorize exploitation of your contribution for profit or commercial use. Your permission may be revoked at any time by submitting a (digital) written request to the Archive to remove your contribution, however, the Archive cannot be held liable for any third-party organizations or individuals who may have independently preserved your materials.

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  • Contributors need to be at least 18 years old and able to agree for themselves
  • Your submission must belong to you (not, for example, downloaded from someone else’s social media). If you appear in a video or pictures someone else took, we encourage you to get their permission before sharing it to the Archive, but as long as it is publicly posted (such as on social media) you are welcome to share it
  • Your submission must be truthful to the best of your knowledge; it is important to know that if you make false claims in your submission, you could risk legal action
  • The YEG Police Violence Archive, Archive team, and SAVE are not responsible for legal action that could happen as a result of the Archive publishing your submission
  • We can’t promise that we will publish your submission. Read our submission screening process for a list of some reasons we might not publish, or would make changes to your submission before publishing it. Your material still belongs to you even if we publish it.
  • Choosing to submit to the Archive gives us permission to share your materials on the site for free, and to make changes within our submission screening process (most often, blurring out faces of victims or bystanders). You are not giving us permission to sell your submission or make money from it
  • You can always withdraw your submission by request to our team, but we can’t guarantee that someone else won’t have saved it outside the Archive.

Approval Criteria

  • Content is related to police violence in Edmonton and area.
  • Metadata submitted is deemed to be accurate and free of libelous statements by the administrator.
  • Users have the right to submit content and submission does not infringe any existing copyright.
  • Content does not provide personal information of the contributor or any other individual, including addresses, phone numbers, etc., except where the contributor provides contact information for publication
  • Content does not endorse any commercial product.
  • Content does not pose a risk of damage to the network, computers, or servers of the Archive.


Your submission to the Archive is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License. By using one of our public licenses, a licensor grants the public permission to use the licensed material under specified terms and conditions. If the licensor’s permission is not necessary for any reason–for example, because of any applicable exception or limitation to copyright–then that use is not regulated by the license. Our licenses grant only permissions under copyright and certain other rights that a licensor has authority to grant. Use of the licensed material may still be restricted for other reasons, including because others have copyright or other rights in the material. A licensor may make special requests, such as asking that all changes be marked or described. Although not required by our licenses, you are encouraged to respect those requests where reasonable.

Third-Party Use

The Archive is not positioned to grant licenses to or approve requests from third parties to make use of content in the collection. Contributors may elect to display contact information, and it is the user’s responsibility to obtain any necessary permission from the copyright holder(s). Where contributors have given permission for third-party use, it will be indicated.

Legal Disclaimer 

Unless stated otherwise, all incidents published on the Archive are allegations. The Archive team attempts to screen community submissions for evidently libelous statements but does not independently verify each incident.

We recognize that the requirement to prove that violence took place often has a silencing effect on victim-survivors. People submitting their stories do not need to prove the incident took place - we believe you.