I am. So when this legislation was introduced, it mandated that officers issue a receipt of sorts to a citizen when they are stopped without cause defined in law. The receipt includes things like the persons name, age, etc, but also the person’s perceived race and gender, and information about how to complain about the officer. What??? Perceived race and gender? That’s a recipe for disaster. The concept is that this legislation will curtail police abuse of power. Except it already was.
There’s a concept in Canadian law called arbitrariness, what that means is that if an officer arrests and charges a person, when the judicial system takes over, the officers actions and intent will be brought into question. The arbitrariness of the interaction is brought up all the time, as a way for a accused/defendant to suggest that the officer didn’t have due reason under the law to even begin the interaction. When these cases are put forward properly, they can and do often result in a accused/defendant being found not guilty. So you see, there are already impositions on officers to not take action which could be construed or perceived as arbitrary. In fact it’s such a big deal that Staff Sgt’s will squash charges themselves prior to the completion of the report if the officer doesn’t properly articulate their case.
What the introduced COII legislation told me as an officer, and others who are far less apt to admit it openly, is that the province and the public no longer support proactive policing. Every single stop, whether it be a person or vehicle, instantly was professed to be arbitrary and always resulted in an argument. So what’s an officer to do? Nothing. Like, actually nothing. Why would an officer risk complaints, arguments, fights, or unnecessary escalations over trying to do the job? Answer: No reason. Result: Cops began taking a step back from proactive police work. Myself included. There’s a saying, I don’t know if I came up with it but it’s apt:
The sheep needn’t questions the actions of the sheepdog, lest the sheepdog steps back and the wolf does wolfing.
The world is a dangerous place, mes amis. And the wolves of the world will stop at nothing to take from you what is yours. When COII legislation was introduced, I, in a very fortune teller kind of of way, said a uptick in violence will follow. Today, it has happened, and gun violence is increasing. A local police Chief even stood up, when others were too cowardly to even be in the room, and proclaimed that carding has led to the increase in violence. Why has it increased because of carding? Well, it has emboldened criminals into a false sense of safety while travelling with illegal firearms, and as previously mentioned it has discouraged police from doing the job they actually want to do.