The OHRC is inquiring into the practices and activities of the TPS between January 1, 2010 and June 30, 2017, to assess whether they are consistent with racial profiling and racial discrimination against the Black community, including in the areas of:
- Stop and questioning practices
- Use of force
- Arrests and charges, and forms and conditions of release for various offence categories, including:
- simple drug possession
- obstructing or assaulting a police officer
- causing a disturbance
- failing to comply with a bail condition (see Terms of Reference for complete list).
The Commission will also examine the TPS and TPSB’s culture, training, policies, procedures and accountability mechanisms relating to racial profiling and racial discrimination.
The OHRC expects to examine and report on any other relevant circumstances that may arise during the course of the inquiry. They will conduct research, retain experts, consult with key stakeholders, and receive information from affected individuals, interested groups and organizations. To participate, contact email@example.com or 416-314-4547.
“The community has waited for over 40 years to see progress towards eliminating racial profiling, and it can’t afford to wait any longer,” said OHRC Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane at today’s press conference. “Now is the time to pinpoint the problem areas, and do something about them. We call on the Toronto Police and the Toronto Police Services Board to join us on the path from truth to trust.”
OHRC Inquiry Announcement https://t.co/p1LGnmlfT8
— The OHRC (@OntHumanRights) November 30, 2017