Dear Mr. Auguste:
Thanks for exposing the dangers and systemic inequality of the current carding policy being practiced by the Toronto police force, in your recent articles and editorials in the Share newspaper. This illegal and morally bankrupt policing policy must be terminated immediately because it breaks all the rules of a fully functioning, fair and just society, not for some, but for all.
How can any public serving authority believe that it is right to police communities based on the skin colour of its citizens. This is not Birmingham, Alabama in the 1960s, but the City of Toronto in 2015.
Thanks to the Toronto Star for doing the research and thanks to you and Share newspaper for having the courage to not only expose the illegality and true impact of the carding policy on Black youth, but also to demand its immediate end.
Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms clearly states that ‘every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour’… The carding policy and racial profiling practices of the Toronto police force do not stand up to this basic principle.
It is ironic that the same police force that we entrust to enforce the law of the land, can arbitrarily decide on which laws to enforce and which laws to bend. This is unacceptable and we do not need another six months to figure it out.
Yes, we all want to live in safe communities, but how can this happen when some citizens are under constant surveillance and likely to be stopped by police, based on the colour of their skin and the neighbourhood where they live. How can we have community safety, when some citizens, based on the colour of their skin, do not feel safe within the community?
Thanks again for having the determination and courage to expose this illegal and morally bankrupt Toronto policing practice that continues to criminalize Black youth and create a widening divide between community and police.
Founder, The Zero Gun Violence Movement