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Black, indigenous people face disproportionate policing in Toronto, data shows – Reuters

June 15, 2022

June 15 (Reuters) – Black, indigenous and other racialized communities have faced disproportionate use-of-force and strip searches by Toronto Police, Chief James Ramer said on Wednesday, as he apologized and promised to address systemic racism in the department.

“As an organization we have not done enough to ensure that every person in our city receives fair and unbiased policing and for this, as chief of police and on behalf of the service, I am sorry and I apologize unreservedly,” Ramer said.

Black people are 2.2 times more likely to have an interaction with police officers and are 1.6 times more likely to have force used on them during the interaction, according to analysis of racial data compiled by Toronto Police.

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