Black people 3 times more likely to be street checked in Halifax, police say
2017/01/10 Leave a comment
Not surprisingly but still alarming and similar data to that of other cities such as Toronto:
Ashley Taylor tenses up every time he sees a police cruiser because he knows what could be coming next.
“Being pulled over by the police for me,” the Nova Scotia resident said, taking a pause, “it’s normal.”
Taylor, 42, estimates he has been stopped by police an average of three times a year. The student support worker at Dartmouth High School in said it usually happens on his drive to work.
“Is it racial profiling? Possibly.”
He’s not surprised to hear a CBC News Investigation finding that Halifax police are more likely to stop and check people who are black.
In fact, according to information released by Halifax Regional Police, black people are three times more likely to be the subject of a so-called street check than white individuals.
Street checks are used to “look at individuals who are doing suspicious activity,” said police Chief Jean-Michel Blais.