CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE TO POLICE CARDING

Jun 11, 2015

By Kim O'Hare

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The controversy surrounding the Toronto Police Department’s policy of carding continues.

It was revealed late yesterday that a U of T law student is going to court to have the policy deemed unconstitutional.

George “Knia” Singh says carding results in the collection of inaccurate information which puts people in danger.

Singh has been carded by police several times and yet, he says his police file has several inaccuracies. Although he was born and raised in Toronto, his police file says he is a Jamaican immigrant, with a criminal record. Singh argues he has no criminal record.

Singh has asked a court for a judicial review of the practice, saying the Toronto police services board and the Toronto police chief have violated his charter rights.

His legal action is being launched just days after Toronto Mayor John Tory said he wants to end carding in the city.

Critics of the practice have said it tends to disproportionately affect young black men and has led to distrust of police.

The practice was suspended in January by then Toronto police chief Bill Blair, but his successor Mark Saunders has defended carding as a valuable tool.

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