The report is out and the news is not good for blacks in Toronto, Canada.
According to the findings of a report published in the Globe and Mail black people are more likely than white people to be injured or killed by Toronto Police officers, this according to a new interim report by the Ontario Human Rights Commission that provides a race-based breakdown of use of force by officers.
The report was launched as part of an inquiry into last year’s allegations of anti-black discrimination and racial profiling by the Toronto Police Service.
According to the newspaper, the commission analyzed hundreds of previously inaccessible reports from completed investigations by Ontario’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), over two time frames: between 2000 and 2006, and between 2013 and 2017. The SIU investigates circumstances involving police and civilians that resulted in serious injury, death or allegations of sexual assault.
Reportedly the report found they were involved in seven out of 10 cases of fatal shootings by police during the latter period. It found that black people (and specifically black men) were overrepresented in everything from investigations into use of force and sexual assault by police, to inappropriate or unjustified searches and charges.
So there you have it.