AC stereotyping police condemned for racial profiling of letter carrier

AC stereotyping police condemned for racial profiling of letter carrier

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Police condemned for racial profiling of letter carrier   RICK EGLINTON/TORONTO STAR Ron Phipps won his human rights case for a 2005 incident that occurred while delivering mail. (July 22, 2009) July 23, 2009 www.thestar.com LESLEY CIARULA TAYLOR IMMIGRATION REPORTER Ron Phipps admits he was criss-crossing Vernham Ave. the day he was stopped by police in the Bridle Path. He was also wearing a Canada Post coat and carrying two mailbags while filling in for the regular letter carrier. Nearby, Toronto Police Const. Michael Shaw and another officer were investigating cut phone lines and looking for suspects described as  male, white and eastern European who were seen in a car. Phipps, who is black, raised suspicions with Shaw because he spoke to a homeowner but didn't give her any mail. But the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ruled that by stopping Phipps on March 9, 2005, questioning him, trailing him and asking a  white letter carrier to verify his identity, Shaw was guilty of racial profiling.
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