Last Thursday, (November 27th) at Metro Hall, Stop Police Carding Coalition hosted updates on the Campaign to ending ‘Carding’, a form of racial profiling used by police to gather information on racialized youth.
Neil Price, the lead researcher on the Community Assessment of Police Practices (CAPP) gave a presentation on this findings on police-community relations in 21 Division (NW Toronto). A full report can be found at capptoronto.ca
This findings of the participatory research were no surprise to UARR and much of the community – widespread dissatisfaction of police services in the community, and general unawareness of a new Community Contact policy (since Spring, 2014). UARR supports the findings and urges community members to join the coalition and give voice to their experiences of carding.
Stop Police Carding wants to hear from concerned residents on their experiences of carding within the past year – those people will be fully supported with legal and community resources. Now is the time to bring a human rights complaint forward to fully discredit and stop the practice, but this can only be done with affected community members. Contact information on the StopPoliceCarding.com site.
StopPoliceCarding.com also wants to hear from you if you can help support initiatives for awareness and action, especially in the Jane/Finch neighbourhood. This is where carding has been commonplace, and where the CAPP survey has raised awareness on carding and police-community relations.
Law Union member and Police Services Board member, Howard Morton explained how the practice of carding has declined sharply since the Toronto Star investigation of 2013, which used police data, gained by Freedom of Information request, to show the discriminatory effect of the practice of carding. Howard Morton provided context to the need for community input on monitoring the new Community Contact Policy.
Any interested community members are urged to attend Police Services Meetings to show public support to end the practice of ‘carding’ in Toronto. These meetings are open to the public, and information on dates and times can be found on-line.
UARR is a member of the Stop Police Carding Coalition.