Toronto Police are going to hold a special meeting to gather input on ‘street checks’—also called ‘carding’—a practice that has concerned many citizens and members of minority groups.
Police are ‘carding’ when they stop, question and fill out a card with the resident’s information. The card is kept by the police and may be used in further investigations. Carding is controversial, because minority groups are targeted: black males are carded 2.5 times as often as white males. Police fill out about 400,000 cards every year.
The Star sums up the feelings of critics:
But a friendly, get-to-know-you encounter is not the experience young black men report having when they are stopped and documented by police. Their personal details are entered into a database. They become “known to police.” Their friends become “associates.” No wonder one young man called it a “system of oppression.”
Carding is frequent in Weston and Mount Dennis, and police have defended it in past community meetings. The upcoming meeting, though, will be city-wide. Police hope to create policies to govern the practice.
The meeting will be on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm in Council Chambers of City Hall.