young Arabs who are reluctant to file complaints on issues of racial profiling

“Me, what I hear around me is that filing a complaint will not lead to anything,” said Abdelhaq Sari, of Moroccan origin, who is a city councilor for the district of Marie-Clarac. , in the borough of Montréal-Nord, and also vice-chairman of the Commission de la sécurité of the city of Montréal, in an interview given to Subway. Itzak (fictitious name), 24-year-old North African pizza delivery man in Montreal, says: “Once I was stopped by a police officer who told me I didn’t have my seat belt on, while I was fine. She gave me a ticket over $300 and three demerit points. He did not file a complaint against the policewoman because, according to him, the complaint process takes time and energy and because he does not trust the legal system. “I don’t think I’m going to win, and I don’t have time for that. It’s becoming a habit for me, he says.

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The Center for Action Research on Race Relations (CRARR), an organization defending the rights of victims of profiling, says it is not aware of complaints by young Arabs against the authorities over issues of racial profiling. “I would say that, based on our experience, there are no complaints from young people in the Arab-Muslim community. In our data, we have no young Arab-Muslim under the age of 25 who has filed a complaint for issues of racial profiling,” says Fo Niémi, Director General of CRARR. However, they have many reasons to file a complaint. According to the Armony-Hassaoui-Mulone report on police arrests in Montreal, published in 2019, young Arabs aged 15 to 24 are on average four times more likely than young whites of the same age to be the subject of an arrest.

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