Ruling that found Montreal police committed ethnic profiling thrown out over delays

A ruling that found Montreal police had committed ethnic and social profiling against a Concordia University student has been thrown out after the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal deemed delays in the process to be unreasonable.

The case involves the 2010 arrest of Amal Asmar by two SPVM officers in the early morning hours outside Alexis-Nihon Plaza.

A police cruiser pulled up beside her, and Asmar says she was aggressively questioned, then pushed up against the car and handcuffed. She was then searched and put in the back of the cruiser.

She received two fines for the incident: a $620 ticket for making noise and a $480 ticket for using municipal property — in this case, the bench — improperly. The fines were later dropped by the city.

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