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CAIR-CAN Calls for Apology Over Profiling Comments

(OTTAWA, CANADA – 16/08/05) – The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) is calling on a Toronto city councilor to apologize for advocating racial profiling against young black males in Toronto.

According to reports, Michael Thompson, a Toronto city councilor, suggested that police should randomly target and stop young black men in order to curb gun violence. Both Toronto Mayor David Miller and Chief of Police Bill Blair have rejected Thompson’s call for the use of racial profiling.

In a statement released today, CAIR-CAN said:

“The statements made by Toronto City Councilor Michael Thompson are alarming and set a dangerous precedent in legitimizing racism.

“Studies about racial profiling have concluded that it is an ineffective strategy that fosters the marginalization of targeted communities.

“We applaud Toronto Mayor David Miller and Toronto Chief of Police Bill Blair for rejecting the call to use racial profiling. We further call on Mr. Thompson to apologize for advocating such a discriminatory practice.”

CONTACT: Halima Mautbur at 613-254-9704; Cell: 613-795-2012; E-Mail:


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