Supreme Court reminds police of arbitrary detention rules

Aug 2, 2019 By Melody Izadi


A recent court decision should remind police that they cannot just walk onto someone’s property and demand to see identification or randomly detain someone they believe is involved in illegal activity, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi.

“Being arbitrarily detained, questioned or carded is a very real thing that happens every day in many racialized neighbourhoods in Toronto and other communities,” says Izadi, an associate with Caramanna, Friedberg LLP.

“The privileges and protections offered by the Charter are for everyone, no matter your skin colour or what neighbourhood you happen to live in,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com.

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