Strip-Searches - Roberta Walker
It has been nine years since the Supreme Court of Canada prohibited strip-searches as a routine police practice. But just last month, the issue boiled over again, after a judge in Ottawa chastised local police for their un-provoked and violent strip-search of an innocent woman named Stacey Bonds. The Supreme Court handed down its ruling in December of 2001.
The case centered around Ian Golden, a black man who was strip-searched by Toronto police in a downtown restaurant. The Supreme Court ruled that strip-searches may only be done out of clear necessity with the permission of a supervisor and by members of the same sex.
But despite that ruling, strip-searches continue to be a common and controversial police practice. Freelance producer Roberta Walker has been looking into the issue. She was in Ottawa.
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