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Ending carding (a.k.a. Random Street Checks) against racialized communities


                                                   YU Carding Petition
                                                        Addressed to:

  1. Doug Ford, Leader of the Conservative Provincial Party
  2. Mark Saunders, Toronto Police Chief
  3. Tony Loparco, Director of the Special Investigation Unit
  4. Gary J. Couture, The Commissioner of Ontario Provincial Police


The Toronto Police Service (TPS) is a policing service that is mandated to serve and protect the people of Toronto. As a service tasked with upholding the social order of our city in accordance with the laws mandated by our legal system. Multiple past interactions between civilians and The Toronto Police officers have shown that Black young men are more likely to be injured or killed during their interactions by Toronto Police (Hayes, 2019) as well as being 3.2 times more likely than white people to be carded in Toronto (Rankin and Contenta, 2017).

The behaviour of our Police officers should be guided by the positive intention to service the communities that they police by building community partnerships, maintaining the safety of the area, and treating all civilians equitably without bias. In exercising their power for social control, Toronto Police Officers are leading with racial, gender, and sexual biases towards civilians during their police-civilian interactions.

As a collective movement by the name of YU Carding, we have one major request that we would like to bring to the attention of the individuals responsible for governing over The Toronto Police Service.

                                                   We request that:

Policy revisions be made to the province's policy legislation by the Government of Ontario to main the discontinuation of Random street checks (carding) done by Police Officers in Ontario

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