Time for Ottawa police to address racial profiling 'problem': lawyer

An Ottawa lawyer says it’s time for the Ottawa police force to change its ways.

“The data clearly suggests the Ottawa Police Service has a significant problem,” Leo Russomanno said Monday after tuning in to the Ottawa police news conference that revealed the results of the two-year study led by York University researchers.

Russomanno has successfully represented clients in racial profiling cases.

The data revealed that people who Ottawa officers think are Middle Eastern are 3.3 times more likely to be pulled over than their percentage of the population, while people who Ottawa officers think are black are 2.3 times more likely to be pulled over than their percentage of the population.

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