Hamilton City Councillor Matthew Green has filed a complaint over an alleged carding of him by Hamilton Police.
We have not heard both sides of the story as the complaint is under investigation, but I certainly have no reason to doubt Greens story.
Starting in January of next year the province has stated the new rules mean police cannot randomly stop and ask someone questions without suspicion of a crime.
The reason for the stop must be stated for the query.
Police must also inform someone that a stop is voluntary and they have a right not to participate.
It must be documented.
I’m not sure why Police would simply not stop the practice now knowing it will be outlawed by New Year’s.
I’m a supporter of police, I’m all for beat cops, community policing and getting to know the hood, but what happened to Mathew Green is unacceptable.
Unfortunately, it can be a fine line between investigation and invading people’s civil rights.
Clearly it has to be spelled out more for some, to avoid abuse of power.
The positive of this occurrence is, it is creating dialogue, and that’s always healthy.
I’m Scott Thompson.
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