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Strip searches are ineffective, unnecessary and target ethnic Canadians

With the Toronto Police Service releasing race-based data on Strip searches as part of its race and identity-based data collection strategy, we can clearly see who it selects to be subject to Strip searches.

We now know that, in 2020 – even though black people make up about 10 percent of the city’s population – one in three people who were strip-searched is black. About a third of all indigenous people arrested were strip-searched.

Strip searching not only inflicts racial and sexual trauma, it is also ineffective. It’s time to finally talk about ending this oppressive police practice.

Strip searches are painful

For the past 20 years, courts and surveillance agencies have attempted to regulate the way police conduct strip searches in order to reduce the overall number of strip searches.

In his historical case on strip searches, R. V. Golden (2001), the Supreme Court of Canada defined strip searches as a specific type of “individual search”, as opposed to general, pat-down or frisk and cavity searches. The court defined strip search as “removing or rearranging some or all of a person’s clothing to allow a visual inspection of a person’s private areas, namely the genitals, buttocks, breasts … or undergarments.”

In the Golden case, the court also accepted the basic intrusion of strip searches. They “represent a significant invasion of privacy” and are often “abusive, humiliating and traumatic experiences”. Racial people as well as women can experience the same bar of sexual harassment. Incarcerated women also view their strip searches as sexual assault.

The Supreme Court also held that black and Indigenous people suffer more because of the racial trauma associated with strip searches. In the absence of data, the majority of Supreme Court justices in the Golden case estimated that black and indigenous people “are likely to represent a disproportionate number of people who are arrested by police and subjected to personal searches, including strip searches.” goes.”

According to law professor David Tanovich, the court’s support of this fact established an anti-racist doctrine in interpreting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Protesters take part in a police rally in front of Toronto Police Service Headquarters in July 2020.
Canadian Press/Nathan Dennett

Strip search and systemic racism

The Toronto Police Service’s race-based data collection has focused on strip searches, thanks to efforts by provincial surveillance agencies and lawmakers to bring police in Ontario into compliance with the law.

In his 2019 report, “Breaking the Golden Rule: A Review of Police Strip Searches in Ontario,” the Ontario Independent Police Review Director, an independent police watchdog, found that police in Ontario conduct “much more” unfair and illegal strip searches. does.

Although the report did not delve into cases of systemic racism, the watchdog recommended that police services collect race-based data on Strip searches as part of a wider police data collection project mandated by the province’s 2017 Anti-Racism Act.

Why are Stripe searches needed?

The justification for trampling the rights of the supposedly individuals is that the discovery of the belt is necessary. But are they?

Under the current law, an officer can search for weapons, evidence, anything that may cause injury and help a person escape.

In accordance with Toronto Police Service procedures on people searches, police officers are expected to conduct a search operation before considering strip searches. Most of the material recovered during these searches.

Additionally, during the booking process, the police regularly confiscate items like shoelaces and belts. Courts have criticized police forces in the Ontario – York area and Quint West for seizing underwire and string bodices as a routine procedure.

A Toronto Police Cruiser Is Seen Standing In The Middle Of A Road.
Toronto police attend the scene of a collision.
Canadian Press/Christopher Katsarov

The Breaking the Golden Rule report states that Toronto police have confiscated bras from a third of the women arrested from 2016 to 2019. The forcible removal of these items constitutes a strip search, and regular strip searches are not justified by law.

Considering the trap of people arrested by police officers, especially those brought into police custody, it is not surprising that they do not have much left to discover through strip searches.

item rarely found

In May 2014, the Toronto Police Chief reported to the Police Services Board at the time that in only two percent of bandage and cavity searches, police found any items, and only a fraction of those items posed a risk.

Unfortunately, the Toronto Police Service does not provide details of these items in the current race-based strip search dataset, its open data portal, or its annual report to the Toronto Police Service Board.

Given that police rarely search for dangerous goods, is it really worth subjecting countless people to searches that are abusive, violate constitutional rights and harass black and indigenous people who are Unevenly searched? It’s time to end the exercise.

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