1. In Toronto, police have implemented 'carding.'
2. A practice that is comparable to New York’s controversial ‘stop and frisk' program.
3. According to many leading human rights lawyers and legal advocacy organizations, when police stop and collect information from people they do not suspect of criminal activity, they are violating the Charter of Rights & Freedoms.
4. Stats have shown that in every single police patrol zone across Toronto, black and brown people are more likely than whites to be carded by Toronto police.
5. This means that police assume black and brown people are more likely than a white person to be considered as ‘suspicious’.
6. Black children as young as 9-years-old have been carded by Toronto police.
7. Many who have been carded have never been given information on their rights by police.
8. So I guess it's a good time to tell you that carding is actually voluntary, and those being carded can legally walk away—a fact that many Toronto police officers do not share.
9. Once you have been carded, you are now known to police.
10. Police chief Mark Saunders, who is black, is not considering getting rid of the practice.
11. Despite 60 per cent of Torontonians opposing police carding.
12. While police assert that carding decreases crime in Toronto, there is no substantial data to support this statement.
13. But Toronto police have assaulted innocent people who’ve refused carding.
14. And they have yet to give the public any solid reasoning for these practices.
15. Police carding in Toronto speaks directly to the systemic racism in Canada that is often overlooked, oversimplified and sometimes totally dismissed.
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