April 18, 2003
|Racial profiling ruling positive
step says Canadian Race Relations
TORONTO (CP) - The Canadian Race
Relations Foundation is applauding an Ontario Court of Appeal decision
ruled racial profiling exists in Toronto's police force, saying it sets
stage for discussions on how "to end racial profiling and racial
"This is a
message loud and clear
from the province's highest court that racial profiling can not be
as a factor in police practices," foundation chairman Patrick Case said
a release Thursday.
"It is now
time to move beyond the
debate of whether racial profiling exists and speak frankly of real and
constructive solutions to be implemented."
ordered a new trial Wednesday
for former Toronto Raptors basketball star Dee Brown, who maintains
that he was
pulled over in 1999 simply for being a black man driving a fancy car.
A 3-0 court
majority said Ontario Court
Judge David Fairgrieve had sufficient evidence to find that racial
was at play in Brown's arrest and that Fairgrieve had a negative view
defence raising the issue.
"This is a
powerful incentive for us
to come together as members of the community and determine ways in
accountability in the police force can be strengthened," said Case.
34, was convicted in July 2000
of drunk driving by Fairgrieve, but Superior Court Justice Brian
quashed that conviction and ordered a new trial last year. The Crown
admitted he consumed a few drinks,
drew criticism Wednesday from
Toronto Police union leader Craig Bromell, who said it will force
boycott pulling over minorities to protect themselves against profiling
Chief Julian Fantino said he
was confident his officers "carry out their duties fairly,
and ethically" despite the decision and Bromell's boycott call.
profiling is totally
unacceptable, repugnant and inappropriate. There is no systemic racial
profiling on our force."