In a high stakes move, the Toronto police board has passed a revised community engagement [i.e. carding] policy Thursday, rushing through a document before Chief Bill Blair leaves at the end of the month without the “progressive” citizen safeguards first sought by the board a year ago…
Board member Mayor John Tory said after the board vote that he chose to support the revised policy because it was the only way forward after an eight-month stalemate.
“That policy could not and was not operationalized,” said Tory. “Communication was diminishing, attitudes were hardening on all sides,” says Tory, although he says any suggestion that Chief Bill Blair was insubordinate were unfounded.
After dozens of prominent Torontonians stood just steps from John Tory’s second-floor city hall office to demand an end to carding, the mayor said he heard their message “very clearly.”
But on Wednesday, Tory refused to join that call, instead doubling down on his position that the practice needs reforming, not shelving.
“Work has continued virtually non-stop on improving the procedure which governs police-community engagements and relations, and though it is a complex issue I think all sides acknowledge that we are making progress,” Tory said at a press conference held inside his office. “I have always maintained that the recently-passed policy is a beginning not an end.”
Toronto Mayor John Tory has called for an end of the controversial police practice of carding, which he said has “eroded the public trust.”
“It is my intention to see carding cancelled permanently and that we start fresh,” Tory told reporters at a news conference on Sunday.
Tory said he intends to go before Toronto’s police board on June 18 and call for the practice to be eliminated.
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