Quebec court authorizes racial profiling class action against Montreal

A Quebec Superior Court judge has authorized a class action lawsuit against the City of Montreal on behalf of citizens who allege they were unfairly arrested and racially profiled by the city's police.

Justice Andre Prevost ruled on Aug. 7 that the claimants met the criteria to proceed, which includes raising relevant questions of law and presenting evidence to support their argument.

The Black Coalition of Quebec filed the class action request on behalf of non-Caucasian citizens who were unjustly stopped, arrested or detained by Montreal police between Aug 14, 2017 and Jan 11, 2019 and who suffered racial profiling or violations of their rights.

In a statement published on Facebook, the group hailed the decision as a victory and encouraged potential plaintiffs to come forward.

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