Canada Celebrate's 148 years Sign the petition to Stop Carding Now
July is here, and that means our city streets will be very busy with our youths out from school. Shouting congratulations to all the students that graduated this year. Such a special time. Sending a Special congratulations to my Son Anthony the A to my JA Nursing, for maintaining a 89% average this year in grade 10.
The reason for this blog is to discuss the safety of our children, as they start the summer. Carding impacts us all. It has been a known fact that individuals stopped by Police represent the black and brown community.
Mark Saunders was sworn in as Chief of Police May 20 2015 with comments flying in the media such as
Chief Mark Saunders says abolishing ‘carding’ would lead to more crime
Why Mark Saunders is a 'bittersweet' appointment for Toronto’s black community
Carding has led many in our city to distrust and disrespect our police. Anger, hurt and unrest have replaced any benefits police may derive from this practice.
We urge Mayor John Tory, Alok Mukherjee, Chair of the Police Services Board and Mark Saunders, Chief of Police to immediately cease the practice of carding. We also urge Toronto City Council to request the Toronto Police Services Board to eliminate the practice of carding. I agree with this request.
As a Mother of a 15 year old Son, I would not want him to experience this process ever. Last year I had the opportunity to be a Mentor for a event called Know Your Rights. Organized by Officer Rod Chung, this event gave 200 students the opportunity to ask the Chief of police Bill Blair questions regarding their rights when approached by the Police.
Wishful thinking if we could have every Officer in every area follow those rules
As we celebrate Canada and it's 148th Birthday, lets make history again by signing this petition to help our youths remain safe in our community.
If this demeaning practice of selected carding is not terminated quickly, it will irreversibly divide and separate our various communities and cultures. We must be a city where every citizen is treated equally and justly. Change.Org
Desmond Cole, A freelance journalist has written extensively about his interactions with the police. He states very boldly that "Police practices can destroy reputations" When asked by the Toronto Sun Is there a justification or legitimate use for carding?Desmond Cole's answer was
No. If the police are documenting someone as part of a specific criminal investigation, it’s not carding and no one has a problem with that. The problem is that police want to continue carding people whom they don’t suspect of any crime. They have never provided any evidence of the effect this practice has on crime, but that’s not even the point. Searching cars and houses without a warrant might also help police solve more crimes, but those activities are illegal and are therefore invalid policing tools.
But while the mayor will bring a motion to halt the practice at the June 18 meeting of the board, it doesn’t mean carding will be abolished
Sign the petition to Stop Carding Now - Sign the Petition! https://www.change.org/p/sign-the-petition-to-stop-carding-now?recruiter=333614207&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_twitter_responsive via @CdnChange
As this subject grows in concern for the community, Mr Gordon of G98.7fm has also voiced his concerns about ending carding NOW. On June 14 2015 Mr G let the community speak
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- Anonymous complaints are not accepted
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