Pubdate: Wed, 20 Oct 2004
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2004, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Sam Pazzano, Courts Bureau
Bookmark: (Cocaine)


Racial-Profiling Case Aids Him

AN ADMITTED drug dealer strolled away from superior court a free man 
yesterday as the latest winner following a landmark racial-profiling 
decision last month. "I feel like a ton of bricks has been lifted from my 
shoulders," Sheldon Jackson said after the Crown attorney decided not to 
prosecute drug dealing charges against the 28-year-old Toronto man.

Jackson, who was driving a new 750 BMW in 2001 on St. Clair Ave. W., said 
he felt "like I was pulled over because I was 'driving while black.'

"I knew my rights were violated -- the police attacked me for no reason," 
Jackson said.


The investigating officer was Det. Glenn Asselin, the same policeman named 
in the Kevin Khan case, considered the first racial-profiling decision of 
its kind.

Khan, 26, and a real estate broker, was acquitted last month of a 
drug-trafficking charge when Justice Anne Molloy said Asselin and his 
partner "fabricated significant aspects of their evidence" when they pulled 
him over on Marlee Ave. One kilo of cocaine with a street value of $100,000 
was found in his vehicle on Oct. 22, 2001, but the judge excluded the evidence.


Lawyer John Struthers, who represents both Khan and Jackson, said both men 
were targeted as young blacks driving expensive cars and the illegal stops 
violated their rights.

"Khan was the first case of 'driving while black' in Canadian history I'm 
aware of where a young black man is targeted for his appearance," Struthers 

In a 2001 preliminary hearing, Asselin testified he pulled over Jackson and 
said, "it was as if I caught my daughter with her hand in the cookie jar .. 
Jackson's eyes bulged out and the whipping of his head -- that (indicated) 
he was up to something he didn't want us to see."
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