Nine year anniversary of Freddy Villanueva’s death
Montreal, August 15, 2017 – The leader of Vrai changement pour Montréal and city councillor for the Bois-de-Liesse district, Justine McIntyre, is concerned about an apparent lack of collaboration from the SPVM regarding racial profiling allegations. The SPVM appears to be stalling on their 2013 commitment to unveil indicators that would allow for a clearer understanding of the numerous allegations of profiling by the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal.
"The coroner in charge of the investigation following the death of Freddy Villanueva took nearly five years to recommend that the SPVM unseal the indicators resulting from its action plan on racial profiling. This data is crucial in allowing the City of Montreal to better understand and address the issue of profiling, and is eagerly awaited by communities who are widely believed to be the target of profiling. And yet, nearly four years after the head of the SPVM committed to publishing this data, we are still waiting, " said Justine McIntyre today.
On April 25th, 2017, Mayor Denis Coderre opposed a motion brought forward by Vrai changement pour Montréal proposing that the Commission on Public Security be mandated to study potential problems surrounding police interventions and to issue recommendations encouraging respectful practices towards all Montrealers. Despite the motion being voted down by the Coderre team, the joint Commission on racial and social profiling - comprised of the Commission on public security and the Commission on social development and diversity - is currently working to elaborate proposals following public consultations held at the beginning of the summer.
"Organizations fighting for social justice, such as the Coalition contre la repression et les abus policiers (Coalition Against Police Repression and Abuse) and the CRARR (Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations), have denounced the long silence of the SPVM, calling into question whether this silence does not conceal data incriminating for the SPVM. Vrai changement pour Montréal is determined to stand with the groups fighting to obtain this data and to ensure that the recommendations of the Commission on racial and social profiling are implemented with due diligence, "concluded McIntyre.
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