Welcome To Black is Not A Crime.

1. Collect and Publish Data

Racial profiling of African Canadian people by police services has been happening for a very long time. For decades, it has been reported, studied, and talked about but little has been done to actually stop it. The time for discussion is over. Now is the time for action.

In Toronto, one year ago, in March 2012, the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) promised that it would do something about anti-Black racism in the Toronto Police Service (TPS). For example, the
Board said that it would analyze its policing practices to see if Black people and other racialized groups were being targeted. The Board also promised to issue carbon copies or receipts of 208 cards to provide some sort of public accountability. One year later, nothing has been done.

BLACK IS NOT A CRIME wants to help people like you take matters into your own hands. Through the sale of BLACK IS NOT A CRIME merchandise (e.g. buttons, tank tops, t-shirts, and hooded sweatshirts), we will fund the development of a Smartphone application that can be used to record your encounters with the police and to track police practices. This data will be analyzed and published on a regular basis.

By doing this, we expect that a number of things will happen:

(A) Because they are being monitored and know they will be held publicly accountable for their actions, police officers will change their behaviour; this is known as the “Hawthorne effect.”
(B) The Board will challenge the quality and results of our data and be forced to publish their own.
(C) The data collected through the use of this phone app will be used in law suits against the police or lead to laws being passed that require police agencies to collect and published data on their practices.

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