Call for participants: Public interest inquiry into racial profiling and discrimination by the Toronto Police

Posted
March 19, 2018

In advance of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21), the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is inviting people to take part in its public interest inquiry into racial profiling and racial discrimination of Black persons by the Toronto Police Service (TPS).

Background

On November 30, 2017 the OHRC announced its public interest inquiry. Using our legislated inquiry powers under section 31 of Ontario’s Human Rights Code, we have called for the TPS, the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) and the Special Investigations Unit to provide a wide range of data and documents.

We are inquiring into particular practices and activities of the TPS between January 1, 2010 and June 30, 2017, to assess whether they are consistent with racial profiling and racial discrimination against the Black community. We will also examine police culture, training, policies, procedures and accountability mechanisms relating to racial profiling and discrimination.

We are currently conducting research, consulting with key stakeholders, and receiving information from affected individuals, groups and organizations.

The OHRC will report publicly on the inquiry process, its findings and recommendations.

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