Posted on June 17, 2022

Toronto Police Chief Apologizes to Black Community for Discrimination

Agence France-Presse, June 15, 2022

Toronto’s police chief apologized Wednesday for his officers’ excessive use of force against Blacks, and released data backing up community claims of discrimination by law enforcement in Canada’s largest metropolis.

“As an organization, we have not done enough to ensure that every person in our city receives fair and unbiased policing,” Chief James Ramer told a news conference.


The new police data was for 2020 {snip}

It showed that Blacks were 2.2 times more likely to have interactions with officers and 1.6 times more likely to have force used against them.


In a tense moment during the news conference, activist Beverly Bain of the No Pride in Policing Coalition responded directly to the chief: “We do not accept your apology,” while renewing calls to defund the police service.

“What we have asked for you to do is to stop brutalizing us, to stop killing us, to stop carding us, to stop continuously stopping us and harassing our children, our Black sons and Black daughters,” she said.