Toronto, Canada – An article in the Toronto Star this week brought about some interesting and disturbing questions about who Toronto Police stop and question. They mention that the statistics are much higher for black and brown skinned people being stopped for investigation when they are out of their home areas?
Do they do the same at places such as Skydome (Rogers Centre,) the Go Train and King and Bay streets? These stops, “fishing expeditions” appear to be done in ‘just’ high crime areas, tell that to black people. It sounds like the “Stop and Frisk” program they have in New York City, where they can pull over or stop anyone, anytime, to see if they have a gun. Recent statistics show, over 576,395 were stopped and frisked, and a very small majority were found to have any guns, or arrests and yet almost 80%, were black or Hispanic.
I wanted to make a comment on the Toronto Star article, but the comments section was CLOSED after one day, and yet when it is about Mayor Rob Ford, the comment section is open for weeks? Be sure to read the comment section in the Star and you will get a feeling about what the folks think about these stops.
Talk about stereotypes, Toronto people feel these stops are warranted, even though very few arrests are completed after the fishing, stops.
I can’t remember when I’ve been stopped for no reason, and is that because I’m a white middle aged male? And if I happen to be in a ‘high crime area’ which may be black, I am not stopped either. Why?
The statistics in the Toronto Star article are disturbing, and must be reassessed. Remember to always be polite and co-operative, if/when you are ever stopped, because they are set-up for this, and they will win.