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A new case decided by the Ontario Court of Appeal answers the question of whether an accused person’s personal background and issues of systemic discrimination should be taken into account when sentencing.
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On November 2, 2018, Rakeem Anderson, a Black Nova Scotian, was stopped by police at a random motor vehicle checkpoint. Otherwise known to Black folks as DWB (Driving While Black), the “routine traffic stop” ended with Anderson’s arrest after a pat-down body search revealed he was carrying a loaded .22 calibre revolver in his waistband.