Boyd: Case Study 9.1 - Racial Profiling: a “Watershed Experience” in a Rawle Maynard’s Life
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In the year 2005 late November, Rawle Maynard was awarded in a racial profiling case involving a Toronto Police Officer.
It was on a Saturday morning when Maynard left his office in Toronto using a two-door black BMW that was licensed to his father. He was about to head back to his parent’s home in Scarborough when he noticed that a police officer was following him. He got off of his car and asked the police officer if there was a problem and if he was being followed. Maynard was later put, at gunpoint by the officer because he got a report about a suspect involving a black man, 6 feet and slim whom he thought fits Maynard's description. Maynard responded that the only thing that fits him was that he's black. The police officer had received a report involving a black man driving a black sports car with a gun at the Malvern Town Centre and soon informed that Maynard wasn’t the suspect that he was looking for. Maynard was released and launched an action regarding about discrimination on the basis of colour, race and ethnic origin with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, In June 2012, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal made its decision regarding Maynard’s claim and awarded him $40,000 for his injury to dignity, feelings, and self-respect. This case is a best example of critical criminology in racial profiling because it implies the act of law enforcement officers to consider people suspicious especially black people to commit more crime because of the colour of their skin or what ethnicity they came