Critics doubt new police stats on street checks

After spending more than $500,000 to implement new provincial rules governing street checks, Ottawa police stopped only seven people between March and December 2017, according to a report released ahead of Monday's Ottawa Police Services Board meeting.

That figure marks a steep decline in the number of checks reported by city police, prompting critics of the controversial practice to question what's not being captured by the statistics.

"These numbers are so shockingly low and so against the historic trend," said criminal defence lawyer Michael Spratt.


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