"The Toronto Police Services Board took a province-wide lead on carding reform Thursday by resurrecting a progressive policy that many in the community regarded as an important step forward in eliminating arbitrary stops of citizens and storing of their details in a police database,"Patty Winsa and Jim Rankin reported Thursday for the Toronto Star.
"No, it is not an outright end to a practice many see as offensive and illegal," Winsa and Rankin continued. "Some left a police board meeting at a packed auditorium at police headquarters feeling deeply disappointed.
"'I feel blindsided,' said Bev Salmon, one of more than a dozen speakers to address the civilian board. 'We came here with the hope that carding would be ended.'
"But Saunders signalled during and after the meeting — which also saw the resignation of long-term chair Alok Mukherjee— that he is willing to follow the wishes of the civilian oversight board on the issue.
"And, that is something.
"The board passed the progressive policy — and rescinded watered-down rules written by former chief Bill Blair— ahead of promised province-wide carding reforms, which are due in the fall. . . ."
- Desmond Cole, Torontoist: Black people have successfully demanded change from our politicians and police