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Quebec tribunal orders Montreal suburb to pay $12,000 in racial profiling case

Written by on November 21, 2020

MONTREAL — Quebec’s human rights tribunal has ruled in favour of a Black man who said he was racially profiled when he was stopped by police while dropping his son off at daycare in 2012.

The tribunal has ordered Montreal suburb Longueuil, a city police officer and a former officer to pay Joel DeBellefeuille $10,000 in damages.

Dominic Polidoro, one of the police officers, was also ordered to pay an additional $2,000 in the decision released last week. 

The Longueil police service has also been ordered to improve its training around racial profiling.

Quebec’s human rights commission is also calling for another Montreal suburb, Repentigny, and three of its police officers to pay a Black man who says he was racially profiled a total of $35,000 in damages.

That case is expected to go before the human rights tribunal, which has the power to issue legally binding orders.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 21, 2020.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

The Canadian Press