For some time comedians — I’m pretty sure Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle are among them — have been joking about the fact that in America black people get pulled over by the cops for merely being black, an offense popularly known as “driving while black.” Well, it appears as though lily-white Canada isn’t immune to the same sort of horseshit after a judge accused the police of doing that very thing…pulling someone over for “driving while black.”
Reports the National Post:
Two Toronto police officers engaged in racial profiling when they stopped a 25-year-old black man in his car a year ago on the false pretext that he ran a red light, an Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled.
Justice Frances Kiteley excluded evidence of marijuana and cocaine seized from the car of Irshad Ahmed on Nov. 25, 2008, and acquitted him as a result of numerous violations of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by the officers.
It is believed to be only the second time a judge in Ontario has stated that a suspect was stopped by police effectively for “driving while black” and not for any legitimate purpose.
But hey, Canada provides health care to all of it’s citizens, so whatever, right?