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Despite justifications, no evidence police stops effective | Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

Monday, May 01, 2017 @ 8:50 AM | By Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

The idea that the police should be able to stop people in public areas, ask them to identify themselves and question them might sound fairly benign unless one poses a simple question: Why would a society give the police the "right" to do this?

The legitimacy of allowing (or encouraging) the police not only to stop and question people, but also to record information on them, has been widely debated in Canada and elsewhere.

The police sometimes justify the practice by suggesting what it is not....