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Racial profiling class-action against Montreal police a ‘victory for justice’: group

The Canadian Press
Printed Tuesday, August 13, 2019 4:46PM EDT
Final Up to date Tuesday, August 13, 2019 5:12PM EDT

MONTREAL — The pinnacle of the Black Coalition of Quebec says a category motion lawsuit in opposition to the Metropolis of Montreal is an opportunity to handle what he calls rampant abuse and profiling of the town’s minorities by the police.

Dan Philip stated as we speak {that a} decide’s approval of the lawsuit is a victory not just for the black group but in addition for justice in Quebec and Canada.

On Aug. 7, a Quebec Superior Court docket decide approved a category motion in opposition to Montreal on behalf of residents who allege they have been unfairly arrested, detained, and racially profiled by the town’s police between mid-August 2017 and Jan 2019.

In his ruling, Justice Andre Prevost stated the category motion would handle numerous questions, together with whether or not metropolis representatives acted in a discriminatory vogue and violated the rights of the plaintiffs, a lot of whom allege they have been unfairly focused for arrest or questioning as a result of their race.

Philip says the town is complicit within the abuse of energy and racial profiling that occurred as a result of it sided with the police in opposition to members of the group.

The coalition presently estimates it is going to have about 150 individuals becoming a member of the lawsuit, however that quantity may rise.

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