Carding doesn't need a sham review. It needs to stop
The Stolen Sisters & Brothers Awareness Movement and Black Lives Matter Edmonton have called for a reset of the Edmonton Police Commission's street check review, and here's why you should support them.
Carding -- the illegal process whereby police break Canadians' charter rights by demanding their identification and personal information -- is rampant across Alberta and particularly targets black and Indigenous people. BLM #YEG acquired police records from 2017 that show terrible racial profiling, particularly against Indigenous women, who in 2017 were nearly ten times more likely to be carded by police.
In Edmonton the police refer to carding as ‘street checks,’ and after public outcry over these horrendous and obviously racist statistics, EPS agreed to do something.
But they didn’t agree to what activists were asking for -- an immediate end to the practice of carding. Instead they announced an internal review led by people hand-picked by the police commission.
Now there are obvious red flags popping up that the internal review won’t be fair or objective at all. The lead on the project is tied to the Canadian Police Association, a lobbyist group representing the interests of police officers. One of the project's field researchers has a history of making statements online that ridicule and minimize complaints about abuses of police power.
Stolen Sisters & Brothers and BLM are calling on the Edmonton Police Service to halt this sham of an ‘internal review’ and listen to the communities who are directly impacted by carding.
They’re on the front lines of this fight but you can help too. Add your voice to the call to action so that EPS knows that we all want to see real reform.
They can try to dismiss the activists, but they can’t ignore us all.
Use our contact tool below to join in -- it will reach the police commission, your city councillor, the city councillors who sit on the commission (Scott McKeen and Sarah Hamilton), and the Minister of Justice (Kathleen Ganley). We'll keep you up to date about the campaign to end carding in Alberta -- and what you can do to help.