Black man's arrest was unlawful and racially motivated, Quebec's police ethics committee rules

Quebec's police ethics committee has ruled Montreal police officers unlawfully arrested a black man two years ago in what was a racially motivated intervention.

Constables Christian Benoit and Philippe Bernard-Thomassin were found guilty of 16 police ethics violations stemming from an interaction with Kenrick McRae in March 2017.

The officers acted unlawfully when they detained, arrested and used force against McRae, went through and deleted content from a video camera McRae uses to record interactions with police, and lied in police reports, says the 31-page ruling issued Dec. 17.

The decision is one of very few issued by the committee in recent years that uphold a racial profiling claim, according to the Center for Research Action on Race Relations, which helped McRae file the complaint.


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