Feds find no bias in racial profiling by traffic stop study in Canada

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There was no evidence of bias found in a federal study on racial profiling by traffic police in Canada.

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The study, commissioned by Attorney General David Lametti, found instead that Canadian drivers pulled over admitted their own wrongdoing, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.

“Most participants were stopped by police for traffic violations and some were aware of why they were being stopped even before speaking to police,” said the report called National Justice Survey 2021.

“These participants acknowledged they were speeding or committing some other traffic violation such as not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign. A few were pulled over for having expired license plates.”

The poll, which cost $147, 463, was conducted last February and March following coverage of the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that followed.

Ekos Research Associates polled 3,211 people across the country including doing follow-up interviews with Black, Asian or Indigenous drivers.

Of the Black drivers surveyed, all said they were stopped for routine infractions.

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One driver suspected it was for speeding while another had his license plates in the front seat of his car.

“Most participants indicated the traffic stop was fairly routine and they did not perceive they were being targeted in any way by being stopped by police,” said the survey.

“Many said the interaction with police was neutral or respectful.”

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