Members of the Urban League of London, and concerned citizens weighed in on the growingly controversial issue of police carding at the Urban League of London’s, Pints and Politics event.
There has however been some confusion amongst Londoners and the Police Services Board when it comes to the carding debate.
“When we call for end to carding are we saying police you are not going to be able to investigate anything anymore? Or are we actually just saying we want to make sure that arbitrary and discriminatory detention and asking people for their ID is unacceptable.” said host and local lawyer Susan Toth.
A brief history of the issue in London.
- On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, London city councillors unanimously voted to publicly call on the London Police Chief to ban street checks.
- The vote was the first of its kind in Ontario by a municipality.
- It will be presented to the London Police Services Board at their next meeting on December 15, 2016.
- The call to end carding has been met with resistance from the police chief and chair of the London Police Services Board.
- The police chief has denied racism or racial profiling as an issue in London, as well as indicating that there are now new regulations brought by the Ontario government to regulate street checks that they will comply with.lond