If you missed Desmond Cole's Stop Carding tour in Alberta, we've got a summary here -- including a full transcript of his powerful presentation in Lethbridge.
What are your rights when police stop you for identification on the street?
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that everyone has a right against arbitrary detainment—but exercising that right when you are actually interacting with an officer can be challenging.
By Catherine Ford
It’s called “carding” by the public, “check-up slips” by the Calgary Police and “street intelligence reports” by the Lethbridge Police. And while those names might sound innocuous the practice is anything but.
It’s important to show your work. As the issue of ending the systemically discriminatory practice of carding continues to bubble up it’s worth examining how we got here.
By Bashir Mohamed
In 1991 war overtook Somalia and my parents left its capital city, Mogadishu, and fled to Kenya. In 1994 I was born, and in 1997 my family arrived in Edmonton as refugees. I have been here for twenty years, and I’ve come to know this city well -- including its history.
Carding—the police practice of arbitrarily stopping people in public for identification and questioning—has come under fire as discriminatory and a violation of civil rights. And while many jurisdictions are working to reduce or eliminate this practice, it is still commonplace here in Alberta.
As part of our investigation into the problem of carding in the province, Progress Alberta spoke with lawyer Miranda Hlady about the situation in Lethbridge.
Freedom of information request shows massive disparity in carding incidents for black, Indigenous people in Lethbridge
Indigenous people are five times more likely than white people to be stopped in the street by police in Lethbridge, questioned, and have their information recorded according to Lethbridge Regional Police Service data obtained by Progress Alberta. Black people are eight times more likely to have this happen to them than white people.
The process is called carding and it systematically violates people’s Charter rights, human rights, and privacy rights. And that’s not just us saying that, it’s the Law Union of Ontario. It's not only probably illegal but it's also just straight up racist.