GOLDSTEIN: Time to release all police race-crime statistics

The Toronto Police Services Board is reportedly considering publicly releasing race-based crime statistics, reversing a 30-year-old ban on the practice.

According to a CBC News report last week, this policy reversal could start as early as next year, with police tracking and reporting the races of individuals in some encounters with the police.

The public release of all race-based crime data & how we’ve come to this point is a study in irony.

The Toronto police board banned the compiling of race-based crime statistics following a 1989 uproar when then North York police superintendent Julian Fantino, later to become Toronto’s police chief and a federal Conservative cabinet minister, presented statistics before the city’s race relations committee suggesting blacks living in Jane-Finch were disproportionately involved in crime.