Justice (25-42): Current Problems

City of Montreal Police

October 8, 2019

Systemic Racism in Policing

Street Checks: Indigenous women stopped 11 x more than a white women

Montreal Gazette – Indigenous Peoples were two times more likely to be stopped in 2014, the report shows, they became six times more likely in 2017. The likelihood of an Indigenous woman being checked by officers was also found to be 11 times higher than a white woman. The researchers behind the report, mandated by the City of Montreal last year, studied police interceptions (“street checks” or “information stops” that didn’t result in charges or tickets) the SPVM carried out between 2014 and 2017. The report found the number of street checks carried out by officers skyrocketed during the four years studied, going from fewer than 19,000 per year to more than 45,000 per year.

Montreal Police Chief Sylvain Caron announced a series of measures it will implement within the next year, matching the report’s five recommendations. They include:

  • drafting a clear policy for street checks,
  • mandating an external firm to survey minority communities on race relations,
  • launching a similar study on racial profiling in February and
  • implementing a focus on racial biases into all of its practices and training, with an emphasis placed on Indigenous issues.