BY Gerald V. Paul
From July, if you are stopped by the police for a street check, you will be given a receipt.
The receipt is the way Toronto Police will track the amount of stops, and who are stopped, by officers on a daily basis.
It was one of the recommendations to ensure police accountability that was adopted by the Police Services Board last Thursday.
While the issuing of receipts is seen as a positive step forward, some are questioning why the abbreviated receipt doesn’t contain all the information recorded by police, who ask for other details including parents’ names and marital status.
Also, there is the opinion that it contains open-ended categories such as “general investigation” and “community engagement” as reasons for the stop.
“There is a need for transparency and accountability with respect to race-based harassment and ‘street checks,’” wrote Noa Medelshon Aviv, with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, in a deputation to the board on Thursday.
The receipt – called a Form 306 – is an interim measure while the police service and the city’s auditor general investigate carding, which many civil rights groups say violates the Charter in the first place.