Toronto

Police chief holds town hall meeting

Police Chief Julian Fantino will hold a town hall meeting Monday, the first since he released a report denying allegations of systemic racial profiling by the Toronto force.

Police Chief Julian Fantino will hold a town hall meeting Monday, the first since he released a report denying allegations of systemic racial profiling by the Toronto force.

Fantino has been holding public meetings throughout the city since the beginning of the year.

He usually gives a talk about law enforcement in the community, and then opens the floor to questions.

Monday's meeting will be the first since Fantino tabled a controversial report at a Police Services Board meeting last week.

Fantino hired lawyer Alan Gold to look into allegations made in the Toronto Star that the force deliberately targets non-white suspects for harsher treatment than that received by white suspects.

Gold concluded that the allegations had no merit, and the report he submitted to the police board characterized the Star's analysis of arrest statistics as "junk science."

The Ontario Human Rights Commission reacted to the Star allegations by launching an inquiry into allegations of racial profiling by police. Until the end of this week, the OHRC is collecting stories from people who believe police have targeted them because of their race.

Both Fantino and Premier Ernie Eves have criticized the way that the OHRC inquiry is collecting evidence, saying that the process is unfair to police.

The allegations also prompted the Toronto police officers' union to file a $2.7-billion defamation lawsuit against the Star.

Monday's meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the North York Council Chambers, 5100 Yonge St.

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