Montreal police chief to unveil policy on street checks

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Montreal’s police chief is set to unveil the force’s long-awaited policy to eliminate racial profiling during street checks.

Sylvain Caron is scheduled to announce the policy Wednesday at 10 a.m. at police headquarters on St-Urbain St.

It comes in response to a scathing report in October that showed Indigenous people are 4.6 times more likely to be stopped by Montreal police, Blacks are 4.2 times as likely and Arabs twice as likely.

On June 15, the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) released an in-depth report saying Montreal has turned a blind eye to systemic racism and discrimination in the city administration and police department.

Montreal police issued a brief statement recognizing “the systemic character of racism and discrimination” and committing itself to combat it.

Until then, Caron had avoided clearly acknowledging the existence of systemic racism in the force.

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