Recognizing the Systemic Racism within the Toronto Police Force

Recognizing the Systemic Racism within the Toronto Police Force

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Tamana Azizi started this petition to The Chief of Police in Toronto: and

Police brutality within Toronto affects black individuals, black families, and communities.


Between 2013 and 2017, a Black person was nearly 20 times more likely than a White person to be involved in a fatal shooting by the Toronto Police.


Black individuals are over-represented in the use of force cases (28.8%), shootings (36%), deadly encounters (61.5%) and fatal shootings (70%). Black men make up 4.1% of Toronto’s population.


In the last decade, there has been a lot of attention that has been brought up about providing adequate systematic training and comprehensive training for citizens that would like to enter into the armed officers. There is a need for police officers to not only see themselves as the guardian of the law and the suppressor of crime but also as a member of the social service community.


The Toronto Police Service must come together to acknowledge that their police system has a lot of problematic issues such as racial profiling and racial discrimination that calls for explanations. For the problem to be fixed the Toronto Police Service must acknowledge their on-going crisis with the Black communities within Toronto. 

Also, enhancing their training programs to better understand and recognize the oppression within certain groups (in this case: the Black community) and the complexity of mental health issues that exist within society. This can be achieved with the use of guest speakers, such as medical professionals, lawyers, social workers, etc.

Please sign this petition to recognize that systemic racism is an ongoing issue amongst the Toronto police force that needs to be fixed ASAP!

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