On November 18th, 2013, CCLA participated in a special community meeting held by the Toronto Police Services Board on racial profiling and carding. The Board heard from 23 deputations on the Toronto Police Service’s PACER report, and on the response to it by Board Chair Dr. Mukherjee.
CCLA’s submissions called for an end to the practice of carding (or “street checks”) and the implementation of concrete measures to address race-based harassment. Concrete measures should include:
- a policy that sets out specific guidelines a to when police may stop and question individuals;
- a policy that recognizes power imbalances between police officers and the individuals they stop;
- accountability tools such as providing a carbon copy of (most of the) data recorded to the individual stopped; and
- the creation of an independent external civilian oversight body.