Despite calls to defund police, Montreal sets aside more for SPVM in 2021 than it did last year

MONTREAL -- Despite recent calls to defund Montreal's police force, the city plans to allocate more funds to the public security sector in 2021 than it set aside in 2020.

Montreal's 2021 budget presentation was delayed on Thursday when a coalition showed up to protest the SPVM's sizeable budget, the police killings of Black Montrealers, and the force's tendency towards racial profiling that was detailed in a 2019 report.

"This is a plea for you to listen to us, because we've tried every other way for you all to listen to us... politicians that we elect," said Jessica Quijano, from Iskweu, a project linked to the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal.

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