"The fact that there are now 16 councillors who have said that they support Chief Fantino's remaining at the helm of the Toronto Police Service -- and that they are circulating a petition -- is an unseemly exercise in majoritarian politics; politicians are undermining the role of the Board and are using the weight of majorities to crush the concerns of minorities. This backlash seems all the more outrageous when we realize the petition was being circulated at the same time public attention was drawn to the plight of Black officers who revealed that they face racism inside the service, to the extent that a highly qualified and experienced officer recently felt forced to take early retirement. Sadly, her revelations came as no surprise to other officers from racialized minorities
"Put plainly, among the advertised qualifications for the next chief must be the requirements that he or she agrees that racism exists, that racial profiling takes place and that the successful candidate has an established track record in addressing these phenomena. Secondly, the board should require that the new chief establishes an equity office within the force that reports directly to the chief. This office must have and be seen to have the authority to effectively address complaints of discrimination within the force. The force should also publish an annual report that includes statistics on the disposition of both internal and external complaints.
"Such measures will restore the trust of minority communities, and the Toronto Police Services Board has recognized that a change in leadership is necessary to implement the progressive changes so important for a city as diverse and progressive as Toronto. The Canadian Race Relations Foundation will continue to work closely with the TPS to address issues of equity and human rights both for its personnel and the residents of the city they serve."