Montreal rally held to denounce racial profiling

A rally was held in Montreal on Saturday to denounce racial profiling and police discrimination while recognizing the third anniversary of the death of George Floyd who was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020.

The rally, organized by several human rights organizations, called for the Quebec government to recognize systemic racism, which the province has refused to do.

They also want the province to apply a Quebec Superior Court judgment in October 2022 that would have prohibited the random interception of vehicles by police without valid reason, while also invalidating the provincial Highway Safety Code provision that allows it.

The decision was appealed by the Quebec government and is currently before the Court of Appeal.

Rosine Toguen, a member of one of the organizations fighting against racism, says that what happened to Floyd can happen again if no actions are taken to prevent racial profiling in policing.

Toguen says the fight against racism concerns everyone, not just individuals from racialized and Indigenous communities.

About 100 people from Montreal and Quebec City took part in the demonstration.