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Indigenous women in Montreal subjected to random police checks because of ‘systemic bias’: report – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on October 9, 201976 Views

October 8, 2019

A damning report out of Montreal has revealed that Indigenous women are subject to random police checks at a rate expotentially higher than other minority groups in the city.

The report released Monday found evidence that Montreal police show “systemic bias” in conducting street checks with people from certain racialized groups and are much more likely to be stopped.

Montreal’s police chief said he’ll take action following the release of the devastating report, which found serious discrepancies among the people who are most often subjected to street checks.

Academics from three different Quebec universities crunched numbers provided by police and extracted some stunning revelations. Among their findings: Indigenous women were 11 times more likely to be questioned than white women, overall, black and Indigenous Montrealers are between four and five times more likely to be subjected to so-called street checks, people of Arab descent are twice as likely to be stopped as their white counterparts, and those between 15 and 24 years of age are four times more likely.

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