Crime Stoppers Harms Most Vulnerable by Targeting Petty Crime, Critic Says

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A professor is criticizing Crime Stoppers of York Region for publishing the images of people committing petty crime — skipping bus fare, stealing soft drinks and booze. Faisal Bhabha, associate professor at York University’s Osgoode Hall, said there are several issues with the independent charity, which works closely with York police, releasing people’s identity to the public for these sorts of offences. “The problem with policing petty crimes like loitering, peeing in public and not paying bus fare is they tend to be enforced against some people in our society and not others,” he said. “We know that enforcement of petty crime has a disparate impact on members of vulnerable populations.”