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Show me your papers please- Public Works Protection -G20 Toronto
Rights advocates slam police racial profiling
Last Updated: May 8, 2010 4:52pm
Canadian Human Rights Commission :: Overview :: Expanding .
CANADA: First Nations people empowered against racial profiling
Date: 04/13/2006


Race tensions erupt in N.S. town( Jul 08, 2008the star com)
HALIFAX–A fistfight involving several off-duty police officers and two young black men in Digby, N.S., has delivered a blow to attempts to heal the racial divide in the southwestern Nova Scotia community, says the father of one of the youths.

Rev. Michael Fells says he's frustrated that six months after the RCMP officially apologized for racist behaviour at the local detachment, his son Nathaniel Fells, 19, told him that he and a friend were the targets of a racial slur uttered by an off-duty officer as they walked by a van.

The two young men say the unidentified officer called them "n-----s" as they walked by a local bar at 2 a.m.

Also, the youths say that on-duty RCMP from the local detachment did little to protect them and instead favoured the off-duty officers, who were visiting the area for a charity event.

Toronto gets ‘secret’ arrest powers ahead of G20 protests

By Daniel Tencer
Friday, June 25th, 2010 -

ORONTO -- A government changes a law to allow police to arrest people without probable cause. It does so without any legislative debate. Then it keeps the change a virtual secret, until someone is arrested under those new powers.

The Soviet Union circa 1950? Nope. Try Canada, June 2010.

Civil liberties advocates and political activists are up in arms after it emerged Friday that police in Toronto have been given special powers to arrest anyone near the site of the G20 summit if they fail to identify themselves.

What's more, the government of the province of Ontario, which green-lit the new powers, didn't tell anyone about it until after someone was arrested under the new powers.

Thirty-one-year-old Dave Vasey was arrested near the G20 perimeter security fence in downtown Toronto Thursday afternoon after refusing to identify himself to a police office

“The officer told me, ‘I am going to have to place you under arrest if you don’t show your identification,’ and I replied ‘I’m not comfortable with that.’

Man mistaken for murder suspect says police beat him
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A man who says he wanted to be a police officer is rethinking his future after allegedly being beaten by a group of Toronto police officers.

On July 22, Sharmake Abdi, 26, was picking up a paycheque for work he did during the G20 summit for the Commissionaires security company. But as he left the company's office at 80 Church Street in downtown Toronto, he was confronted by police.

"[They] put me right there and dragged me all the way here," said Abdi on Tuesday, pointing out where he was grabbed. "Two [officers] sat on my back. One of them was even punching me."

Abdi, who is of Somali origin, says there were at least eight officers with guns drawn taking part in his arrest. They handcuffed him and put him up against a wall.

G20 protesters speak: It was chaos, riot cops fired on women

Pregnant woman ‘Tasered up to eight times’
05 Oct, 2010 01:44 PM

Claims a woman in her final stage of pregnancy was Tasered up to eight times by WA police officers have added weight to arguments that the weapons are being abused.
Aboriginal Legal Service chief executive officer Dennis Eggington said a small number of police had a Robocop-style mentality when using the stun-guns.

Vancouver Airport – Robert Dziekanski’s Taser Death

Racial Profiling カナダの場合。
RACIAL PROFILING IN CANADA: Evidence, Impacts and Policy Debates


'Racist' stop-and-search powers to be challenged
Court gives woman go-ahead to take controversial section 60 to task over allegations it discriminates against black people

Vikram Dodd, crime correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Friday 8 July 2011 18.

The high court has agreed that a full legal challenge can be brought against a police stop-and-search power alleged to be used in a racist way against African-Caribbean people.

The challenge follows officers stopping and searching a 37-year-old woman with no convictions, after they claimed she was holding onto her bag in a suspicious way.

The woman, Ann Roberts, ended up being held down by officers on the floor in front of other people, handcuffed and taken to a police station where she was wrongly accused of being a class A drug user and placed on a treatment programme under the threat of arrest if she failed to attend.

Roberts was stopped under section 60 of the 1994 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, brought in to tackle illegal raves. The power allows police to stop and search people without having a reasonable suspicion they are involved in criminality.

Roberts, a special needs assistant, argued that a disproportionate number of black Londoners are searched in violation of article 14 of the European convention on human rights, which bans discrimination.

Her lawyers say statistical evidence implies that a black person is more than nine times more likely to be searched than a white person. They go on say section 60 is "incompatible" with three articles of the convention: 14, 5, which protects the right to liberty and security, and 8, which protects the right to private and family life.

Police say section 60 is a valuable tool which has been used to tackle areas plagued by violence.

On 9 September 2010 Roberts was on a bus when an inspector found she had insufficient money for her journey on her prepaid Oyster card.

Police were called when she could not produce identity documents.

According to her lawyers, she was searched under section 60 after a police officer took the view she was holding on to her bag in a manner that suggested she had something to hide.

She was told the area she was in was a "hotspot" for gang violence and the possession of knives. Few, if any, acts of gang violence are committed by married women in their mid 30s.

Roberts asked to be searched in a police station rather than in public in case it was seen by young people with whom she worked.

Police refused and when they tried to seize her handbag a struggle followed which led to officers restraining her on the floor.

Three bank cards with different identities were found in her bag. She explained they were in her name, her maiden name – having recently married – and her son's name.

She was told she was being arrested on suspicion of fraud and taken to Tottenham police station.

She was subjected to a drugs test which she was told showed small amounts of crack cocaine, but a later test showed she was clear.

After being put in a cell, she was interviewed and told she was no longer suspected of fraud but was being detained on suspicion that she had obstructed a police search.

Later a caution was administered for obstruction.

Asian people 42 times more likely to be held under terror law
People from ethnic minorities more likely than white people to be stopped under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act
Vikram Dodd, crime correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Monday 23 May 2011
Stop and search

Stop and search of ethnic minority 10-year-olds doubles in London
Metropolitan Police say fewer youth murders justify a tactic critics say can alienate children

Vikram Dodd
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 17 November 2009 18.29 GMT

In August the Guardian reported that 2,331 children aged 15 or under were stopped by Met officers using anti-terrorism powers. This included 58 children aged nine or under.

Immigrant caught with fake passport

1:26pm Monday 9th March 2009

An illegal immigrant who produced a fake French passport when he was stopped in a car park has been jailed for 10 months.

Nurudeen Otubanjo, 44, was behind the wheel of his girlfriend’s car off the High Street in Westbury when he was spoken to by the police.

And the Nigerian produced the counterfeit French driving licence to prove his identity to the officer.

But the police became suspicious when he was asked where he was born he replied France but the licence said Nigeria on it

New racism includes deportation and inaccurate posters
By Richard Aviles
Published: Friday, October 1, 2010
Truck driver forced to show birth certificate claims racial-profiling
by Alicia E. Barrón
Posted on April 21, 2010 at 5:04 PM
January 6, 2010 8:57 PM
War Blogger May Sue Over Handcuffing At Seattle Airport
Posted by Declan McCullagh
Hispanic residents complain of police harassment
By James Ewinger
October 29, 2009, 8:45AM
Security checks on domestic Washington ferries roil islanders・By Stuart Glascock, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Threat and Humiliation: Racial Profiling, National Security, and Human Rights in the United States

How the Border Patrol stole Christmas
Advocates warn about immigration agents targeting holiday travelers
By: Diego DuBois

Threat and Humiliation: Racial Profiling, National Security, and Human Rights in the United States

Published by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Immigration Lawyer James M. Tyler
Your Green Card - Always, Always Carry it With You

Recent news that AMTRAK is increasing security on its trains as well as stories that DHS agents are profiling "foreign-looking" AMTRAK passengers and demanding to see identity documents serves as a reminder to permanent residents to always carry their green cards with them.


Illegal America: Arizona's fight
Josh Rushing travels to the epicentre of the country's broken immigration system.
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2010

Immigration: Florida copies Arizona

Massachusetts: Immigrant Arrests

Published: January 7, 2010

Federal immigration agents stopped 58 immigrants in Foxborough, southwest of Boston, in an operation they said was to capture fugitives with criminal records. Of the immigrants, who were traveling in four vans, nine were arrested as criminal suspects and 49 were released but ordered to report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for questioning, a spokesman for the agency said. Most of the immigrants were janitorial workers, many from Guatemala, who were on their way to clean the parking lot of Gillette Stadium, a lawyer for the Guatemalan Consulate said.

December 4, 2008
Nick Carrabine
The News-Herald

Reports suggest the OHP also has called Immigration and Customs Enforcement and detained legal residents even if they produce proper documentation showing they are lawfully in the United States, Gamso said.

"This is a transparent attempt by the OHP to check the immigration status of Latinos in the area under the guise of investigating possible traffic violations," he said. "They are flagrantly violating the rights of innocent people by detaining lawful immigrants and targeting anyone who appears to be of Hispanic origin."

OHP Post Commander Lt. Mike Harmon said allegations of racial profiling are false.

"Ashtabula does have a large population of undocumented individuals and just through our normal duties, we have common contact with them and when we do, we follow our division policy," he said. "Our division policy is to contact immigration officials.

How the Border Patrol stole Christmas
Advocates warn about immigration agents targeting holiday travelers
By: Diego DuBois

It always happens this time of year. Excited children fog up windows, eager to view the sights of unknown landscapes. Adults trudge aboard, clutching luggage and boxes of gaily-wrapped presents for distant family members. They settle in for long rides to San Francisco, to Denver or even south of the border for long-awaited holiday visits.

As the Greyhound bus pulls into the station, however, the holiday cheer and travel ennui are abruptly interrupted, instantly replaced by anxiety and fear. Uniformed agents board buses and demand to see travelers’ paperwork before they allow the bus to proceed.

They are not Greyhound employees verifying tickets―they are agents of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection who, Scrooge-like, appear to increase their enforcement of immigration laws during the holidays―at least according to advocates.

These buses are not passing through checkpoints or crossing international borders. Indeed, it would seem that the agents have no probable cause whatsoever to be patrolling stations and buses. Nonetheless, agents and their vehicles have been spotted at the San Bernardino Greyhound station at least 12 times since the beginning of November, and twice at the Claremont station, according to volunteers with the Inland Empire Rapid Response Network, which operates a hotline for immigration concerns.

And their means of enforcing the law is, in a word, questionable. While no longer as blatant about racially profiling Latinos as they have been in the past, they do tend to scrutinize the “Latino-looking” passengers more than their fair-skinned counterparts, witnesses say.

“I was a witness to Border Patrol actions at this Greyhound station,” says Daniel Guzmán, a pro-migrants’ rights activist, pointing toward the San Bernardino terminal. “The agents boarded the bus and let some passengers off. The ones that remained on board were the Latino passengers, and they were questioned about their migratory status.”。

Reasons Unclear for Terrorist Fears

Published: September 17, 2009(NYT)

Officials were clearly watching him. On Sept. 10, as he crossed the George Washington Bridge headed for the city, Mr. Zazi was stopped, searched and then let go, presumably because nothing dangerous was found in his car.

Undocumented students fear deportation

Two years ago, Alex’s worst fears became a reality. He was at the Fairhaven Greyhound station waiting to catch a bus to Seattle, when a Border Patrol agent overheard Alex speaking Spanish on his cell phone and asked where he was from. Alex told the agent he was from Mexico, and when he could not provide proper documentation, he was taken into custody and eventually deported to Mexico. Remarkably, Alex made his way back to the U.S.

“It was the scariest thing that has ever happened to me,” Alex said.

Supervisory Border Patrol agent Mike Bermudez said agents often patrol airports, bus stations and other transportation hubs.

Bermudez said these places are where individuals who have violated U.S. laws usually can be found.

Bermudez said Border Patrol Agents do not racially profile. However, Bermudez said agents are allowed to strike up a conversation with any person they choose. If that person volunteers any information regarding his or her country of origin, it provides agents legal grounds to demand documentation of legal U.S. residency or citizenship.

Nerini said Western needs to take a closer look at its policy regarding hardship withdrawals, which allow students to withdraw from a class due to unforeseen illness or personal emergency, for students affected by deportation issues and whether the university would allow ICE to come on campus.

Upper Darby police nab 11 in raid on township tavern

Published: Saturday, June 11, 2011


UPPER DARBY ― Numerous police calls to Brownie’s Pub for assaults and drug violations in the past two years prompted a raid midnight Saturday, according to authorities.

Twenty-one patrons were taken to the police station, with 11 facing charges, including two women for underage drinking. Ten of those arrested, who did not have identification, were released after providing proof of ID.
Border Sweeps in North Reach Miles Into U.S.

Published: August 29, 2010 NYTimes

ROCHESTER ― The Lake Shore Limited runs between Chicago and New York City without crossing the Canadian border. But when it stops at Amtrak stations in western New York State, armed Border Patrol agents routinely board the train, question passengers about their citizenship and take away noncitizens who cannot produce satisfactory immigration paper

The amazing true story of Zeitoun

Ed Pilkington
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 11 March 2010 22.0

Zeitoun was on the phone to his brother in Syria when six unidentified police officers and National Guardsmen burst through the front door dressed in military fatigues and bullet-proof vests and carrying M16s and pistols. Zeitoun explained he was the landlord, but the only response was a demand from one of the National Guardsmen for his identity card.

"All he did was look at my ID," Zeitoun says, "and that was enough. Nothing else. No other questions. The moment he saw my name he said, 'Get into the boat!'"

He takes us to see a concrete compound at the back of the bus station and describes the network of chain-fence pens that had been erected overnight to convert the area into a makeshift detention centre. Zeitoun and his companions were flung into one such cage, with armed soldiers standing guard over them on the roof.
"Why are we here?" they asked a passing soldier. "You guys are al-Qaida," came the reply. Another soldier said as he passed: "Taliban.

No longer rounding up just fugitive immigrants
A federal program shifted its focus to boost arrests, a report says, and is going after any undocumented workers.

That, the report said, meant teams were arresting any illegal immigrant they encountered during their operations, regardless of whether the person had an outstanding deportation order or a criminal conviction.

Those early morning home raids drew criticism for splitting families and instilling fear in immigrant communities.

1,157 arrested in immigration raids
September 30, 2008|Francisco Vara-Orta | Times Staff Writer

Federal immigration agents arrested more than 1,150 people in the largest collective sweep by specialized enforcement teams in California, authorities said today.

The sweep targeted those who ignored deportation orders or returned to the United States illegally after being deported, said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice.

"You don't have anything United States issued?"
"How about a passport?"

Supreme Court Case - Arrested for Not showing identification
In this video, Dudley is arrested for not showing his ID to a police officer who has no charges to bring upon this man, except maybe that of suspicion. The case went to the supreme court and Dudley lost. Goodbye America.

The Most Dangerous Journey in the World

by Mark and Louise Zwick

The man's voice on the phone asked for help. He was very tired, having walked the 90 miles from Livingston, Texas, to Houston. When he was arrested he did not have his permanent residency card with him. He had been jailed for three months for an "immigration violation" and when released was put out on the street. He needed help to go to another city to his family.

We heard later that there is a suit being brought against that jail. The law requires them to release people who are simply not carrying their "green card" (permanent residency card) within 72 hours. Three months is not 72 hours.

Posted to Communal Matters on December 11 2010
Police Threaten to Arrest Bochur for not Carrying ID

CROWN HEIGHTS [CHI] — A Bochur was stopped, this Motzai Shabbos, by a van with 7 cops for riding his bicycle on a sidewalk, and when police asked for his identification he explained that Shabbos had just ended and he did not have it. Instead of understanding, the officers threatened to arrest him.

The incident took place a short time after Shabbos on Brooklyn Avenue between Montgomery and Crown Streets. The police van was driving down Brooklyn when they spotted the Bochur, stopped him, and all the officers got out of the van and surrounded the Bochur.

A passerby called Shomrim, out of fear the Bochur might get arrested.

The police relented and accepted his verbal identification and wrote him a criminal summons for riding his bike on a sidewalk, for which he will have to appear in criminal court.

Expanding Borders, Diminishing Rights
New America Media, Commentary, Sophie Feal, Posted: Nov 12, 2008

Border checks are no longer happening just at the border. Immigration checks are being carried out on passengers traveling domestically in the U.S. writes Sophie Feal, Supervising Immigration Attorney at the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. in Buffalo, NY. She is a member of the Detention Watch Network, a national coalition working to reform the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system. IMMIGRATION MATTERS regularly features the views of the nation's leading immigrant rights advocates

Many people may believe that if they are traveling domestically inside the United States, they cannot be questioned about their immigration status. Unfortunately, this is not entirely true. Indeed, in Upstate New York, an alarming number of noncitizens who are out of status and encountered by the U.S. Border Patrol aboard buses and trains from New York City have been arrested, detained and placed in removal proceedings. Those who are not carrying proper immigration documentation with them, such as a “green card” or a passport and I-94 card, may be delayed and subjected to a humiliating interrogation while officials investigate whether they are in fact in status. Amtrak and Greyhound provide no warning to their passengers that they may be subject to such inspections by immigration authorities.

Criminal Lawyers Buffalo
Can a person get arrested for not carrying ID in New York?
A relative of mine was arrested in NY for not having his ID does that violate any of rights? and if so is there anything he can do about it?

Answered By: Law Offices of John Carney
He was probably charged with more than not having ID. It is not a crime to not have ID, every jogger or person at a public pool would be subject to being arrested. The police in Manhattan harass minorities and have quotas to meet so they arrest people for blocking the sidewalk, sleeping on the subway, or anything else they can come up with, some of which are actually crimes or violations.



by Ray Thomas

If a law enforcement officer has a reasonable suspicion that a person has committed or is about to commit a crime, (“about to commit” is defined in ORS 131.605 somewhat loosely as: “unusual conduct” indicating “criminal activity may be afoot.”) then the citizen may be stopped (detained) and an inquiry may be conducted about the suspicious circumstances, which does not include the obligation to identify oneself to the officer in Oregon.

For now, citizens do not need to carry identification. And pedestrians need not identify themselves unless charged with a traffic citation or crime. If cited or charged with a crime, the person must correctly identify themselves for purposes of service of the Uniform Traffic Citation or face arrest for a Class A Misdemeanor for giving False Information to a Peace Officer. ORS 162.385. Thus, while no identification papers must be carried by a person, it is, nevertheless, a misdemeanor crime to fail to correctly identify oneself when being cited.

Ethnic Profiling in the European Union: Pervasive, Ineffective, and Discriminatory
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