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Judge raps 'profiling,' drops drug charge

Sept. 17, 2004 at 4:18 PM   |   Comments

TORONTO, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A black man was the target of racial profiling when stopped by Canadian police just because he was driving an expensive car, a judge has ruled.

Justice Anne Molloy then acquitted Kevin Khan of drug-trafficking. She said Sgt. Glenn Asselin and Constable Craig James "fabricated significant aspects of their evidence" when they pulled over the real estate broker, then 26, on a Toronto street.

Police found one kilo of cocaine with a street value of $100,000 in his vehicle on Oct. 22, 2001, but the judge excluded the evidence and dismissed the charge, the Toronto Sun said.

"This is the first case of 'driving while black' in Canadian history I'm aware of, where a young black man is targeted for his appearance," Khan's lawyer, John Struthers, said. "This judgment means police can't target Arabic, blacks, Indians or hippies."

Topics: Craig James
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