TORONTO POLICE CHIEF TO APOLOGIZE TO BLACK COMMUNITY AS RACE-BASED DATA TO BE RELEASED
Jun 14, 2022
By Bob Komsic
Police Chief James Ramer will reportedly apologize to Toronto’s Black community Wednesday morning as the service prepares to release data laying out the extent to which race has played a role in its use-of-force and strip searches.
Apparently, the data will show an over-representation of certain communities in policing; almost three years after being mandated by the province to document race-based data in use-of-force incidents.
Toronto police’s race-based data collection policy followed a recommendation from a 2018 Ontario Human Rights Commission report, that found a Black person in the city was almost 20-times more likely to be shot and killed by police.
After being mandated to collect that data, the police service also committed to gather race-based data on strip searches, which began January 2020.