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Police watchdog’s pledge to publish archive of reports is transparency at its ‘bare minimum’ without demographic data, say experts

By Beatrice Paez      

'The problem is without the identifiers, it would be very hard to trace any pattern or trend [on racial disparities],' says Alok Mukherjee, who served for 10 years as chair of the Toronto Police Services Board.

Michelaine Lahaie, chair of the RCMP’s Civilian Review and Complaints Commission, pictured during an appearance before the House Public Safety Committee on July 24, has decided the watchdog will publish its archive of reports into complaints and future probes. Screen capture via Parl Vu

The civilian police watchdog’s reversal of its position to publish only a “sample” of investigations into allegations of police misconduct falls short of its intention to increase transparency in the absence of data about the identities of individuals involved, say experts. 

Beatrice Paez

Beatrice Paez is the digital editor at The Hill Times.
- bpaez@hilltimes.com


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