Peel police discriminated against decorated officer based on race, rights tribunal rules

Peel police discriminated against a South Asian-Canadian officer on the basis of his race when he was denied the opportunity for promotion into the senior ranks, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ruled.

Friday’s decision also said that the Peel police force “generally” devalued police work in Peel’s huge South Asian community because it is “associated with the South Asian population.”

Staff Sgt. Baljiwan (BJ) Sandhu, a decorated officer with 28 years of service on the Peel police force, had sought a promotion to inspector in 2013.