New OHRC report confirms Black people disproportionately arrested, charged, subjected to use of force by Toronto police

August 13, 2020 by Cate MacLeod

On Monday, August 10th, the Ontario Human Rights Commission released A Disparate Impact, the second interim report in the OHRC inquiry into racial profiling and racial discrimination of Black persons by the Toronto Police Service.

In a news release, the OHRC says the report "confirms that Black people are more likely than others to be arrested, charged, over-charged, struck, shot or killed by Toronto police."

A Disparate Impact includes two expert reports from criminologist Dr. Scot Wortley and research team Dr. Ayobami Laniyonu, Dr. Maria Jung, and Erick Laming, who analyzed quantitative TPS data ranging from 2013 to 2017. The results "are highly disturbing, and confirm what Black communities have said for decades – that Black people bear a disproportionate burden of law enforcement."

The report has received extensive media coverage, including: