Racial profiling: the CDPDJ welcomes the historic decision of the Superior Court of Quebec

Racial profiling: the CDPDJ welcomes the historic decision of the Superior Court of Quebec ;bec

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The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ) welcomed on Wednesday the decision of the Superior Court of Quebec banning random roadside interceptions, in an effort to combat racial profiling.  

“The number of arrests of black people at the wheel is disproportionate to their demographic weight, hence the importance of this decision, which represents a major step forward in the fight against racial profiling,” said Myrlande Pierre, vice-president of the CDPDJ.

According to her, this judgment is in line with a recommendation made on several occasions by the Commission, namely the immediate and definitive ban on all police arrests without real reason of pedestrians and vehicle passengers.

“This decision comes above all to recognize the impact of these arrests on tens of thousands of black people who are stigmatized and monitored each time they are on the road”, argued Ms. Pierre.

The Superior Court of Quebec announced its decision on Tuesday, following an appeal filed by Joseph Christopher Luamba, of Haitian origin, who had been the subject of three police arrests in Montreal in one year, and without valid reason, according to him.

A period of six months was however granted before the application of this decision.
The power to intercept without reason had been granted to the police by the Supreme Court in 1990.

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