"This ruling fundamentally clears the way for Mr. Khan to take civil action against the Toronto Police Service. A series of successful civil actions against police for this sort of behaviour will stop racial profiling in its tracks," observed Patrick Case, Chair of the CRRF. "It also supports the need for very deep and significant changes in the TPS."
The CRRF played a lead role in raising awareness and issuing a call to action from the three levels of government on racial profiling by convening "summit" meetings of senior government officials and police services in November 2002 and February 2003. It also supported the Ontario Human Rights Commission's inquiry into the impact of racial profiling as well as the African Canadian community's review of international best practices.
"Racial profiling has been brought to the attention of the criminal justice system for over 25 years and its recognition has been a long time coming," said Dr. Karen Mock, Executive Director of the CRRF. "This significant ruling validates the claims of many in the community who have experienced racial profiling but were being continually faced with the denial of its existence. This landmark decision will make a significant difference."