The Toronto Star:
After years of controversy and much gnashing of teeth, the Toronto Police Service got the go-ahead to collect race-based criminal justice statistics in 2010. But they’re still not releasing them publicly to help people determine whether there is a racial bias in policing.
If such statistics are released, they will probably show that blacks, who make up 8% of Toronto’s population, are responsible for about half the city’s crime. (That’s an educated guess; Skarphedin collected some data here
.) This will be interpreted (certainly by the Star
) as evidence of racial profiling. The police, who already feel pressure to avoid targeting blacks as much as possible, will be in an even tighter spot than before. They will be more hobbled in dealing with black crime. That’s why they don’t want to release this information.