Toronto carding activist Desmond Cole stopped by police in Vancouver

first_imgVANCOUVER — A Toronto activist who was stopped by Vancouver police a day after arriving in the city says his experience reveals what everyday life is like for black and Indigenous residents.Desmond Cole has worked for years to end street checks or “carding” in Toronto, and says he was the subject of a street check by a Vancouver police officer on Tuesday.Street checks involve officers stopping a person and recording their information, even though no offence has occurred, and opponents say they disproportionately target people of colour.Cole is visiting Vancouver and says he was smoking a cigarette on a sidewalk near Stanley Park when an officer stopped him and said he was breaking a bylaw against smoking in parks.He says he replied that he was not in a park and he refused the officer’s repeated requests to give his name or show identification, before the officer left without giving him a ticket.Vancouver police say a street check was not conducted, no information was recorded, that the officer approached Cole about a bylaw infraction and chose not to give him a ticket.The Canadian Presslast_img

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