The man claims he saw an officer and her partner ticketing a visibly shaken cyclist and stopped to act as a witness. The officers asked him to move back, and when he questioned why, he was thrown to the ground and arrested. He was taken on a ‘starlight tour’, subjected to racial slurs, and eventually dropped off north of Montreal, far from the location of his arrest. He received a ticket for not co-operating with police.
The Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations assisted the claimant in filing a complaint with both the Police Ethics Commissioner and the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission. The police ethics hearing is scheduled for April 4, 2017.
The Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission concluded in December that this was an incident of racial profiling. This decision calls for both the City of Montreal and the officers involved to pay moral and punitive damages to the claimant. It also requires that the Montreal Police Service update its Strategic Plan of Action against racial and social profiling.
The respondents had until January 13, 2017 to comply with the decision. This response has not yet been made public. Failure to do so means the case will be brought before the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal.
This blog post was written by a CCLA-PBSC RightsWatch student. Views expressed do not necessarily reflect the view of the CCLA or PBSC.