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Holes in tracking raise questions around racial discrimination in policing


Date Aired or Published Jan. 11, 2020
Media outlet where first aired or published: The Daily Gleaner
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Location: Fredericton, N.B.
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

This story is about how police forces in New Brunswick follow no uniform standard for how they conduct or track street checks, also known as the practice of carding. The story started with a request for data on the ethnicities of persons street checked by officers with each force in the province. After receiving responses to requests for information, it became apparent that there was no standard method of tracking, and therefore, no way of knowing exactly whether this controversial policing practice was being used to disproportionately target persons of colour.

Resources of the newsroom (money and time) available to complete the story:

The primary resource used was my time. I started filing right to information requests in early 2019, and compiled the information I received as the responses trickled in throughout the spring and summer. By the fall, I started interviewing representatives from each of those police forces about what they provided, and also had to interview experts to weigh in on what those police officers had to say. The writing and editing process happened in starts and stops over the fall, with me dedicating at least a total of seven days of just writing and editing before it was finally published.

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