Cote-des-Neiges man claims victory in racial profiling case against Montreal police

A Black Cote-des-Neiges man is celebrating a step toward justice in a case of alleged racial profiling.

The Quebec Human Commission ruled last month that two Montreal police officers racially profiled and use disproportionate force against Errol Burke.

In February of 2017, Burke was heading to his local depanneur to buy milk. He said police ran toward him with their guns drawn, telling him to put his hands up. Burke claims officers slammed him against a door, dragged him across the ground and then handcuffed him with no explanation.

It turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. Police were looking for a Black man in his 20s. Burke was 54 at the time.

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