Put an end to Carding in Toronto

Put an end to Carding in Toronto

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Anu Aladetoyinbo started this petition to Toronto Police Service and

Here in Ontario carding, otherwise known as Community Contacts Policy is a policy that consists of the questioning, stopping, and documenting of individuals when no particular offence is being investigated. The information from carding is collected and kept on record in the Field Information Report (FIR) database. Field Information Reports include details including the individuals' gender, race, the reason for the interaction, location, and the names of any associates, to build a database for unspecified future use. Officially, individuals are not legally detained, but this distinction is not clear. These programs consume a considerable amount of police resources, with little to no verifiable results on the level of crime. Carding is also known to contribute to a disproportionate amount of black and Indigenous people being recorded in law enforcement databases. Consequences for Indigenous and racialized populations include:

  • Mental health problems
  • Lack of trust with the police
  • Disparities within the criminal justice system
  • Social disadvantage, including loss of educational and employment opportunities

Many BIPOC people of Toronto have reported that these carding encounters have not only been uncalled for as they are non-criminal encounters and have led to alleged harassment and racial discrimination by Toronto police. As of 2017, there has been a ban on carding but it does not go far enough. Police officers are still allowed to ask for information while doing a traffic stop, arresting or detaining someone, executing a warrant or investigating a specific crime. Taking a stand against this problematic practice will lead to a more fair and just society for Black and Indigenous People of Colour in Toronto. The first step in lessening racial profiling locally would be signing this petition and deciding that this is not ok.

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