MONTREAL – The voices demanding that the police be equipped with hand-held cameras continue to be heard. Elected officials and representatives of organizations were formulated on Wednesday requests for the eradication of systemic discrimination, including this one.
A coalition of elected municipal officials and members of the Centre for research-action on race relations (CRARR) took the floor in front of the city hall, where was held a meeting of the executive committee.
In addition to the wearing of cameras by officers, a measure which has already been claimed officially by the three boroughs, the members of the coalition are interested in a policy of non-discrimination in police stops is adopted by the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM). It should already be presented this summer.
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. Two big demonstrations against police violence and racism have been held in Montreal since.
“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 advised the CRARR.
In the exercise of his functions, Mr. Babineau said to have himself been the victim of racial profiling. He also blamed the director of the SPVM, Sylvain Caron, and the Fraternité des policiers et policières de Montréal, who deny the existence of racial profiling within the police forces of montreal.
The proposal is symbolic of Mr. Caron to put one knee to the ground in support of the cause has been criticized by Renée-Chantal Belinga, the councillor of the district in Montréal-Nord. “We hear these gestures of solidarity, but they must be accompanied by drastic measures within the police force,” she expressed.
The group has also requested public hearings of the Commission of public security in Montreal, the creation of an advisory committee to ensure the observance of measures of non-discrimination, and hopes that the mayor Valérie Plant to make public the report of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) on the racism and systemic discrimination.
The COMP says the report, “very large”, will be unveiled no later than next 17 June.