60% of Toronto arrests lead to strip searches
The Toronto Police Accountability Coalition says police should not perform strip searches as a matter of routine. (Canadian Press)
More than 60 per cent of people arrested by Toronto police last year were forced to undergo a strip search, according to police statistics.
But a police accountability group says routine searches are against the law and alleges Toronto police are using the practice to humiliate and intimidate people.
Police figures show that 31,072 people were strip-searched in 2010, up from 29,789 the previous year.
John Sewell of the Toronto Police Accountability Coalition (TPAC) said that means about 60 per cent of those arrested in Toronto were subjected to a strip search.
Sewell said such widespread strip searching by police flies in the face of a 2001 Supreme Court ruling that declared such searches are intrusive, humiliating and should not be performed as a matter of routine.