If you are Black, you are three times more likely to be stopped by police. Do we need any further information to finally end the practice of carding and street checks by Police? Should we not create better policies to establish more trust between all communities and law enforcement?
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees that individuals have the right to liberty, to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure, and to not be arbitrarily detained. It also requires that every individual has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.
While Police forces continue to identify carding as an important investigative tool, street checks are illegal and should be discontinued in their present form. The Ontario Government’s efforts to review the practice is a welcome development. Hear what Sophia Brown Ramsay from the Black Community Action Network (BCAN) and Karla Bailey from Brampton Focus have to say with host Michael A. Charbon. Also, Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey discusses the appointment of Amrik Singh Ahluwalia as the new chair of the Peel Police Services Board.