Vital Intelligence Gathering or Meddling? Police Across Canada under Growing Pressure to Stop Carding People
"You’re a cop on patrol at 3 a.m. and you see someone walking down an
alley. Is it OK to stop that person and ask for ID? What if everything
checks out? Should you still make a record of that encounter?
For many police agencies the answer is yes — you never know when that record might come in handy in a future investigation.
But consider the case of Desmond Cole, a 33-year-old Toronto
journalist who says he has been stopped, questioned or followed by
police more than 50 times in Ontario. At what point, he asks, does
intelligence gathering become meddling and intrusion? Is it fair that
police have now accumulated, as Cole suspects, an internal database of
his many alleged encounters when he did nothing wrong?"
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