Concerns over racial profiling wins new trial for accused Hamilton drug trafficker

A man found with cocaine in his car had his trafficking conviction quashed on Thursday because the trial judge failed to properly consider his racial profiling claim.

In ordering a new trial for Rusheed Dudhi, the Ontario Court of Appeal said it was troubled by the judge's justification of the police search that led to the drug discovery.

"Where race or racial stereotypes are used to any degree in suspect selection or subject treatment, there will be no reasonable suspicion or reasonable grounds," the Appeal Court said. "The decision will amount to racial profiling."

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