Back in 2013, when the controversial practice known as carding was increasingly coming under fire over racial profiling concerns, Toronto police conducted 196,907 street checks — a year that saw 22 gun murders.
In the five years that followed, street checks dropped precipitously — first to 17,001 in 2014 and virtually none in subsequent years.
The city’s cops simply all but stopped making street checks.
Toronto police have conducted a single street check in 2018, 25 in 2017 and none in each of the two previous years.
Meanwhile, gun violence over that time has escalated rapidly in Toronto, and in Peel after the former Liberal government slapped province-wide restrictions slapped on street checks that resulted in that force curtailing street checks.