Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Internal Montreal Police report reveals degree of disproportionate stopping of Black youth

According to a story in the Montreal Gazette, an internal police study that examined 163,000 police files from 2001-2007 discovered that:

"Young black men in neighbourhoods such as Montreal North and St. Michel are far more likely to be pulled over than young white men. ... [R]oughly 40 per cent of the young black men in Montreal North and St. Michel were stopped or questioned by police, compared with roughly five per cent of young white males. ... [T]wo out of three young blacks questioned by police had no links to local street gangs. Forty per cent of those who were pulled over were not fined or charged with any crime or traffic violation."

In an editorial, the Montreal Gazette has called for action. See "Racial-profiling study demands action."

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