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Toronto police statistics show disproportionate use of force on Black people

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Toronto police chief apologizes to Black community as race-based data released White people faced proportionately less enforcement and less use of force.The statistics also show that racial differences in use of force remained even after taking into account what police were initially called to investigate and what the main offence turned out to be.Indigenous, Black and white people also were also strip searched disproportionately compared with how many of them were arrested.

Toronto police to collect and release race-based data under new policy The provincial government began collecting race-based data related to use of force from police services in 2020, three years after passing legislation that required several public sectors to collect data on race.In the fall of 2019, the Toronto Police Services Board approved a policy on race-based data that would start with use of force and later extend to other police processes such as stops, searches, questioning and the laying of charges.At the time, the board said the data would not be used to identify specific officers or manage their performance, but to “identify trends that contribute to professional development and organizational change.”.

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