Ottawa police introduce new racial profiling policy
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, August 16, 2011 2:27PM EDT
OTTAWA - Police in Ottawa have passed a new racial profiling policy nine months after a woman came forward claiming she was arrested and strip-searched because she was black.
Stacy Bonds, 27, announced she was suing police for $1.2-million after the September 2008 incident was first made public in November 2010.
The changes stem from public consultations the police service held shortly after to discuss methods for dealing with racial bias and racial profiling.
The policy explicitly forbids officers from investigating or detaining anyone based on their race and will force officers to go through training on racial profiling this fall.
Cellblock video taken of the 2008 incident shows a woman being held on the floor and then having her bra and shirt cut off by Ottawa police.
The Ottawa Police Service denies the allegations in Bonds' statement of claim, which have yet to be proven in court.