Roger T & Kevin Cee facilitate over 200 youth in a healthy discussion with Chief Bill Blair.
Chief Blair addresses the benefits of diversity and how he has addressed the issue within the TPS, answers questions surrounding diversity, carding and racial profiling. #kyr2014
From The Toronto Star
Police Chief Bill Blair was candid with kids in the first Know Your Rights symposium Wednesday, advising the 200 or so students in the audience, and others in live tweets from the Toronto Police Service, about their rights when dealing with police.
Sgt. Rodcliff Chung organized the youth symposium, held at the Toronto Police College in Etobicoke, after hearing kids ask many of the same questions during youth roundtables.
“A lot of the kids are very reluctant. They don’t want to have anything to do with police,” said Chung, who wondered: “What if I brought in the man himself? There were a lot of good questions that flew out there,” said Chung, referring to a query about whether a 15-year-old had to show identification if stopped by an officer while walking down the street.
Youth have told the Star they’ve been stopped and questioned while doing things as innocuous as having a cigarette or waiting for a bus.
“And as you heard the chief say, well, you know, depending on the circumstances, as long as you’re not part of an investigation, if he’s just walking freely enough — no, he does not have to present identification,” said Chung.
“And you could see some of the sighs of relief on the kids’ faces. I think it’s very important to know your rights, plain and simple.”