Quebec rights commission upholds black family's complaint against police

Longueuil police 2 (LA PRESSE)

Quebec's human rights commission is recommending a suburb south of Montreal pay four members of a black family $86,000 and implement anti-discrimination training for its police officers following an alleged incident of racial profiling.

The family members had filed complaints against the city of Longueuil and two of its police officers, alleging they were mistreated during a police intervention in November 2013.

Dominique Jacobs says police entered her home without permission and treated her and her former partner with disrespect after intercepting her 17-year-old son and 19-year-old stepson as they were walking away from a bus station in Brossard.

The complaints filed by the family also claim the two officers used disproportionate force when they allegedly shoved, handcuffed and searched the teens during the intervention.

The city of Longueuil did not immediately respond for a request for comment on the commission's decision.

The commission is now preparing to bring the case before the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal, a court body that has the power to order a defendant to pay compensation.


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