A coalition of community groups held a press conference Monday morning reiterating their demands for a stop on random police street checks.
In October, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce City Coun. Marvin Rotrand presented a motion at city council asking police Chief Sylvain Caron to impose an immediate moratorium on the practice of police street checks.
The motion was presented following the release of a report that found visible minorities are more likely to be stopped than their white counterparts by officers with Montreal’s police force.
“No one, no one should fear being stopped in our streets for no reason at all except their race, their colour, or their ethnicity,” Rotrand told reporters Monday.
“It’s unacceptable in a multiracial, democratic society.”
The motion is expected to be debated and voted on at city hall later in the day Monday, or on Tuesday.
“I can’t believe that they would vote this motion down,” Rotrand said. “It would be a slap in the face to all Montrealers, not just visible minorities, who make up a third of our population.”
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