'No apology can make harm and violence go away': Damning Toronto Police race report sparks outrage

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The online reaction to an extensive Toronto police report on the treatment of racialized people was swift and severe, with many lamenting the fact that it doesn't say anything new.

At a news conference Wednesday, data released confirmed what many critics have been saying for years - that Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities are disproportionately impacted by use of force and strip searches by police.

"As an organization, we have not done enough to ensure that every person in our city receives fair and unbiased policing," Toronto Police Chief James Ramer said.

While he also admitted that the force must "improve" and that they "will do better" going forward, many on social media weren't convinced the sentiment would lead to change.

The report also included 38 actions the force can follow in order to address racial disparities when it comes to use of force and strip searches. It was also reported that a public-facing online dashboard will monitor the force's progress of implementing change over time.

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