Last month, the Toronto Star, a high-profile mainstream newspaper, published the results of a study they had done which showed that the Metro Toronto Police are guilty of ‘racial profiling.’ I am trying to find an article to link to, but there has been so much discussion about it that there isn’t one that will really tell the whole story. Here is a good place to start, and this is the article that started the whole affair.
Background: the Star, uses the police’s own data to show evidence of racial profiling. Their initial article (linked above) suggests that:
The debate is raging on in Toronto. The response from the police, to black community groups who want to work with them to address the problem as well as to the media, has so far been to deny that racial profiling exists on the force. They deny that they have a ‘policy’ of racial profiling and blame it on a few ‘bad apples.’
So what do y’all think? I’m not assuming the problem is unique to Toronto, they have named several US and Canadian cities that have faced the same debate.
Does your experience reflect any validity to the accusation of racial profiling? Is it systemic or the fault of a few “bad apples”? Is it the same in other cities? What can be done about it?