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The usual suspects: police stop and search practices in Canada by Scot Wortley and Akwasi Owusu-Bempah

The usual suspects: police stop and search practices in Canada

"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."

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City Councillor Calls on London Police to Suspend Carding Program

By AM980 - News, Talk, Sports

Days after the provincial government announced it would be revamping "carding" procedures for police departments in the province, a London city councillor is calling on the London Police Service to suspend the process altogether, suggesting it may be race-motivated.

Carding is a practice whereby police officers record information about people, vehicles and properties though details like names, addresses, date of birth, races, and identifiable markings of community members. The interactions are voluntary, through critics argue that people may not know they have the right to decline to answer questions.

Ward 3 Councillor Mo Salih, who is black himself, says that blacks are disproportionately exposed to the LPS's street checking program.

Numbers from the LPS show that in 2014, of the 14,000 people ended into the service's database, 71.2 per cent were white and 7.7 per cent were black.

Based on 2011 census numbers, the most recent available, London's white population was 82 percent, while the city's black population was only 2.2 per cent, which Salih says reinforces what he's heard from black constituents impacted by the process.

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Police street checks: Balancing people’s rights with investigative work is a juggling act

By Todd Vondank, Peterborough This Week

PETERBOROUGH -- City police officers have the right to stop and ask you questions.

Beyond that, you are free to move on, unless the officer has reasonable grounds for an investigative detention or to make an arrest.

"It can be uncomfortable with people to speak with police on the streets," acknowledges Peterborough City police inspector Dan Smith.

"If they feel they want to walk away from the encounter, than they are more than welcome to, unless the officer has reason to step it up to an investigative detention or an arrest."

Police use of on-street check-ins, more widely known as carding, is being questioned across the province based on the assumption it violates the Charter of Rights. The practice remains a hot button issue in Toronto where members of minority groups say they are being targeted unfairly and carded at highly disproportionate rate.

Insp. Smith says City police have a policy on the issue and are bound by a general order concerning bias free profiling that the force reviews annually. He adds the policy is very clear in that officers shall not use the pretences of race, place of origin, colour or ethnic origin for the sole purpose for carding.

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