The spotlight was on the controversial activity of “Carding” in Brampton, Tuesday night.
“We want to be sure that the police have the tools they need to have to do their jobs effectively but that no ones rights and freedoms are being trampled.”
said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie who attended the meeting at the Loafer’s Lake Recreation Centre.
The event organized by the provincial Liberals and minister of community safety and correctional services, Yasir Naqvi.
“There’s zero tolerance to any kind of racial profiling or discrimination, if there are arbitrary or random police stops that take place with no cause or reason or without an suspicious activity, simply to obtain information, we stand against that as well.” said Naqvi.
About 100 residents attended the meeting in which several voiced their displeasure with the practice of “carding” saying it does exactly what Naqvi said it shouldn’t. A few questioned the fact the government was looking at regulation and not the banning the stops.
Brampton Deputy Police Chief Christopher McCord who also attended had a differing view of the policy.
“There’s numerous examples of where officers have conducted street checks on individuals that have solved very significant crimes, that are very important to members of the community.” McCord said.
Stats reveal just under 160,000 street checks were initiated by Peel police over a six period.
The meeting was the second in a series of five. The next one is in Toronto, September 1st.