Researchers and activists say the racial discrimination within the Canadian criminal justice system could be just as bad as the United States, but they don’t have all the statistics to get a full handle of the problem. When they ask for those numbers, Canadian police forces refuse. What are Canadian Police Trying to Hide?
Black Lives Matter activist Desmond Cole weighs in. Further, Scot Wortley, one of Canada’s leading researchers of racial discrimination in the criminal justice system, talks about how not having systematic records on anything —from police checks, to charges, to bail outcomes—has dramatically hampered criminal justice research. However, Ron Melchers, a University of Ottawa criminologist says we shouldn’t keep this data— and he calls racial profiling a media myth. Things get heated.
Correction: In the episode Gordon refers to Desmond Cole as member of Black Lives Matter, but he does not describe himself as a member.
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Cole, Desmond. “The Skin I’m In: I’ve Been Interrogated by Police More than 50 Times—all Because I’m Black.” Toronto Life. 21 Apr. 2015.
Melchers, Ron. “Inequality before the Law: The Canadian Experience of ‘Racial Profiling’”Royal Canadian Mounted Police: Research and Evaluation Branch
Melchers, Ron. “Do Toronto Police Engage in Racial Profiling?”Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Toronto45.3 (2003): 347–366.
Wortley, Scot, and Akwasi Owusu-bempah. “Unequal Before the Law: Immigrant and Racial Minority Perceptions of the Canadian Criminal Justice System.”Journal of International Migration and Integration; Dordrecht10.4 (2009): 447–473.
Wortley, Scot, and Julian Tanner. “Data, Denials, and Confusion: The Racial Profiling Debate in Toronto.”Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Toronto45.3 (2003): 367–389.
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