TORONTO, May 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Toronto Police Service (TPS), the
Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB), and educator Dr. Clem Marshall
have reached an agreement to settle his Human Rights Application. The
terms of the settlement are confidential and neither the TPS nor the
TPSB has admitted any liability.
Dr. Marshall and a friend were driving in the Parkdale neighbourhood of
Toronto when stopped by police in 2009, an incident Marshall attributed
to racial profiling. "Humiliation hurts. It has left a deep scar. I
felt I had to stand up because we want our youth to know we have a
right to defend our dignity. We can use this incident to continue to
build a stronger community."
"Standing up against racial abuse, protecting our rights and knowing our
responsibilities are essential skills. Sharing what we've learned with
our youth and rebuilding trust are critical in ensuring a safer,
healthier community," continued Marshall.
To this end, Dr. Marshall will use funds from the settlement to create
an innovative program for African-Canadian youth in Toronto. A series
of events will be offered in community settings across Toronto to
encourage African-Canadian youth to share their experiences with the
justice system and learn about their rights.
"The issue of racial profiling is a significant concern for many of the
Centre's clients and Mr. Marshall's decision to come forward with his
experience has benefitted everyone," said Sharan K. Basran, counsel
with the Human Rights Legal Support Centre. "Racial profiling creates
harm, not only for the individual, but for the community as a whole."
The Human Rights Legal Support Centre provides legal assistance to
people in communities across Ontario who have experienced
discrimination contrary to Ontario's Human Rights Code.
Image with caption: "Dr. Marshall will be using funds from the racial profiling settlement to produce a series of community events asking African-Canadian youth to share their experiences with the justice system and learn about their rights. (CNW Group/Human Rights Legal Support Centre)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130514_C6368_PHOTO_EN_26651.jpg
SOURCE: Human Rights Legal Support Centre
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