Montreal passes motion urging police to stop arbitrary checks – CTV News

by ahnationtalk on November 19, 201942 Views

November 18, 2019

MONTREAL – The city of Montreal on Monday passed a motion urging the SPVM to stop “unfounded” police checks.

Often called arbitrary, unfounded or random, the checks disproportionately target minorities, a recent independent report found.

Researchers analyzed the police force’s own statistics, gathered between 2014 and 2017, and found that black and indigenous people were between four and five times more likely to be stopped by the police than white people. Young Arab Montrealers were also targeted four times more than white Montrealers. Indigenous women were 11 times more likely than white women to be subjected to a police street check.

Monday’s motion called on Montreal police to stop “unfounded” police checks. The demand was, however, largely symbolic. The provincial government would have to change the law to forbid police from engaging in random checks, according to City Councillor Marvin Rotrand, who introduced the motion.

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