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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.”…