Elected officials and representatives of organizations gathered in front of the city hall on Wednesday to offer five steps to prevent discrimination and racial profiling within the police service of the metropolis.
Among these, we find a policy of non-discrimination in police stops as well as the obligation to carry a camera for all the officers on the ground.
“I am a supporter of police, but the reality is that there is discrimination,” said Alain Babineau, who has worked in several police services for 30 years and is now advisor to the Centre for research-action on race relations (CRARR).
In the exercise of his functions, Mr. Babineau said to have himself been the victim of racial profiling.
The leader of the official opposition, Lionel Perez, was in front of the town hall with Mr. Babineau in order to submit requests to change the culture within the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM).
He also noted that the mayor of Montréal, Valérie Plante, possessed a copy of the report of the Office of the public consultation on the issue of racism and systemic discrimination, and requested that it be made public.
Recall that the racism and discrimination, particularly within the police, are the headlines the past few weeks in the wake of the case of George Floyd, an African-American who was killed by a white policeman in Minnesota.