Memo on Street Checks Moratorium

On July 8, 2019, Pivot Legal submitted a Memorandum to the Director of Police Services’ Street Checks Committee on the unregulated practice of street checks also known as "carding".

Street checks occur when police stop people for information, including identification, outside of a police investigation. In our view, the practice lacks a basis in law and is disproportionately weaponized against racialized and low-income communities. The memo calls for a moratorium on street checks as the only alternative to reforms that risk legitimizing an overwhelmingly harmful and discriminatory practice.

Thank you to our external academic reviewers:

Dr. Michael C.K. Ma
Department of Criminology
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Dr. Jeff Shantz
Department of Criminology
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Download the Memo here

 

 

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