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Why routine police stops of ordinary citizens can be harmful | Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 7:20 AM | By Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

In an earlier column, we discussed routine police stops of citizens who had not apparently committed any offence. In these stops citizens are often required to identify themselves, answer questions and sometimes are searched. Our conclusion, based on a report we carried out for the Toronto Police Services Board was blunt: “When we reviewed the research on the effectiveness of police stops, we were not able to find any credible evidence of their usefulness to the police in carrying out their duties.”

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