Abolish Carding in the City of Toronto
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The practice was once called “intervention” and before that “street checks.” The police now label it community “engagement.” The name everyone else tends to use—carding—is a reference to the contact cards police have been using for about 10 years to collect information about those who are stopped and questioned at random.
Carding is not important in the city of Toronto because with it comes many problems. Racism can become a sensitive topic and if someone of colour gets carded they may assume it is because the colour of their skin. According the the National Post, "Studies have found that young black men are disproportionately likely to be carded in this city; activists have long called for the practice to be abolished." Mark Saunders says that carding is necessary for "community safety" but that could also lead to "over policing." Carding needs to be stopped in the city of Toronto. Our tax dollars should be spent for a police officer to investigate and arrest those who are committing crimes. Not having police parked at the side of the road asking for information on those who are not committing crimes. If carding in Toronto comes to an end, then there will be a decrease in racial profiling and our tax dollars will be put to proper use.
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