Canadian Cops Target Racial Minorities

Canadian Cops Target Racial Minorities

Canadian cops target racial minorities as evident by several reports.

And the practice mirrors what is happening in the U.S.

However, it is not as widespread as it is in the United States.

But it gives cause for real concern for Canadians proving we are not immune to racial profiling.

And the rise of right-wing groups in Canada is part-and-parcel of the problem.

So let’s look at some recent events throughout Canada.

First of all racism and hate crimes are evident throughout Canada.

But in some areas it is much more pronounced than in others.

And experts also believe that racial and hate crimes are  much more prevalent than police reports indicate.

Canadian Cops Target Racial Minorities

In fact, the total number of hate crimes in Canada are likely five to seven times greater.

“It’s the tip of the iceberg. There’s something real going on there,” says Barbara Perry.

She is  director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Maclean’s Magazine did a statistical study and story identifying Canada’s top 10 worst cities for hate crimes.

And out of the 10 Canadian urban areas four are in the Greater Toronto Area or Greater Golden Horseshoe.

And Toronto has another serious problem.

But this one is deadly.

A study concludes that a black person was nearly 20 times more likely than a white person to be shot and killed by Toronto police.

Those statistics are from for a four-year period from 2013 to 2017.

“The numbers were uncovered as part of an interim report by the Ontario Human Rights Commission released…into racial profiling and discrimination of Black people, who comprise only 8.8 per cent of Toronto’s population, by one of Canada’s largest police forces,” says Vice News.

Canadian Cops Target Racial Minorities

The city with the worst racial profiling record is Thunder Bay, Ontario.

In a 208-page report entitled Broken Trust the Thunder Bay police department is accused of systemic racism.

And, furthermore, racism is rife within its police department.

And that has affected death investigations to the point where at least nine cases should be re-investigated.

The conclusions came from the Office of the Independent Police Review Director.

It is a police watchdog agency.

“Officers repeatedly relied on generalized notions of how Indigenous people likely came to their deaths and acted based on those biases. The investigations were too often handled differently because the deceased was Indigenous.”

After the report was released Indigenous leaders called for the resignation of the city’s police chief.

And he did after being on the job for 31 years.

And anti-racism experts caution that cultural sensitivity training is no easy fix.

It will a long time before these attitudes are gone.

But make no mistake about it – racial profiling exists everywhere in Canada.


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