"This paper explores police stop and search activities in Canada using data from a 2007 survey of Toronto residents. The paper begins by demonstrating that black respondents are more likely to view racial profiling as a major problem in Canada than whites or Asians. By contrast, white and Asian respondents are more likely to believe that profiling is a useful crime-fighting tool. Further analysis reveals that the black community’s concern with racial profiling may be justified. Indeed, black respondents are much more likely to report being stopped and searched by the police over the past two years than respondents from other racial backgrounds. Blacks are also much more likely to report vicarious experiences with racial profiling. Importantly, racial differences in police stop and search experiences remain statistically significant after controlling for other relevant factors. The theoretical implications of these findings and their meaning within Canada’s multicultural framework are discussed."Read the full article
By TOM GODFREY
A noisy protest against the alleged racial profiling and carding of Black youth in the Jane-Finch community by Toronto Police was held outside 31 Division station on the weekend.
Members of the Jane-Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP) said area youth are being targeted even more for checks these days by officers working to secure facilities at York University that are being used for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
About 200 members of JFAAP and the Network for the Elimination of Police Violence chanted and while carrying signs outside the busy Norfinch Dr. station last Saturday as officers looked on from inside. They made no comment and did their best to avoid the protesters.
The protesters are angry over the treatment of Black youth by the police and staged the event to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which is marked on March 21.
JFAAP spokesperson, Sabrina Gopaul, said youth in the area continue to be racially profiled in Jane-Finch even as Chief Bill Blair and the Police Services Board work on a policy designed to end the arbitrary manner in which Black youth are stopped and documented by police. The policy, which has been in the works for almost a year, is expected to provide guidelines for police officers to follow when interacting with members of the public. With the chief set to retire next month, former Chief Justice Warren Winkler has been brought in to help speed things up.
A small but vocal group took their demand for an end to carding and racial profiling Saturday to the police division they blame for the practices in their community.
Chanting, “We need justice, not more police,” fewer than two dozen people protested in front of 31 Division, responsible for policing a community that includes the Jane St. and Finch Ave W. area.
Police Chief Bill Blair announced in January that he was suspending the practice of carding — documenting in a database the personal details of people questioned by police, even though they are not suspected of a crime. The protesters, however, insisted that carding lives on.