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Toronto Police Most Wanted List Taken Down After Critics Call It Racially Insensitive

Toronto Police Service Most Wanted Page appears to be down on June 19th 2022

This week Toronto Police Chief James Ramer publicly apologized to Toronto’s Black community after a report showing that black individuals are more likely to be subject to use of force.

Ramer acknowledged that “there is systemic discrimination in our policing,” and that his organization has “not done enough to ensure that every person in our city receives fair and unbiased policing”.

The report looked at 949 interactions with police in 2020 and it found that Black people are 2.2 times more likely to have an interaction with the officers.

Despite the apology, the media was quick to point out that apologies without action are meaningless.

Some journalists in particular, like Shawn King, have called on Toronto Police Service to shut down their Most Wanted page.

It wasn’t long until high profile federal MPs joined the conversation. Federal NDP Leader Jimmy Singh compared Most Wanted pages to other racist policies like carding and chokeholds.

The issue with the Most Wanted List is that the suspects on it are overwhemingly people of colour. It also appears that the list has gotten more racist over the years. Suspects between 1980-2000 are more diverse than suspects between 2000-2020. Some members of the public question why the list is even needed. “You have homicide suspects from 1980s on there… You’re never going to find them. It shows that your list ain’t s**t”.

On Sunday afternoon, TPS pulled the plug on their Most Wanted Page. Now, it is no longer available to the public. We reached out to Toronto Police Chief for comment. He explained that shutting down the page was the right thing to do. “Racial sensitivity is very important to us”, Ramer said. “None of my officers want to waste their time finding these criminals anyways. That is why you have suspects from the 90’s on it”. Ramer also said that TPS is going to introduce further reforms. Most importantly, it is going to change it’s hiring practices and standards. “We are going to look for university dropouts. Instead of attempting to apprehend an armed suspect during a mental crisis, they are going to pull out of these situations like they pulled out of their university degree”.

There will also be a new affirmative action policy put in place. “Everyone in Toronto wants an equitable society. So I am going to instruct my officers that after every arrest on an individual who is a member of visible minority, you have to go out and look for a suspect that is part of a privileged group”. James Ramer finished the call by letting Enclave Post know that he does not mind police reform. “I don’t mind less enforcement as long as they let me keep my pay”.