Reading Police, Police Unions The Riot Act Part 2

Reading Police, Police Unions The Riot Act Part 2

Coddled for too long

By N Oji Mzilikazi

Originally published in the Montreal Community Contact Volume 23, Number 07 April 4, 2013

For all the complaints from chiefs of police, police unions, and police services across Canada about the weakness in our justice system, its lack of meaningful consequences, demands for minimum and stiffer sentences, and tougher parole eligibility policies, you’ll never hear them bytch about the sadism and backwardness of their officers, the pervasive culture of racism and bias that permeate their ranks, and the culture of impunity they enjoy…

 

Montreal Police Racial Profiling Farce

Montreal Police Racial Profiling Farce

By N Oji Mzilikazi

March 3, 2012

(Remixed from Black History Month: Effective Leadership)

In January 2012, Mayor Gerald Tremblay, Montreal Police Chief Marc Parent, and La Société de transport de Montréal (STM) chief Michel Labrecque announced new policy to tackle racial profiling. For all the applause, no one took them up on their hypocrisy and B.S., given how many times we’ve been down that road.

Mayor Tremblay/City Hall has consistently fought racial profiling cases. As Gaétan Cousineau, president of Quebec’s Human Rights Commission publicly expressed, “systematically blocking complaints of racial profiling against the police force.”

Media houses have been supportive and complicit. Case in point: January 21, 2008, Montreal Gazette Editorial: “Thin evidence of profiling.”…