City launches new racial profiling policy

I’m officially a cynic. After several stinging reports about racial profiling in La Presse over the last couple of days, the mayor called a press conference with the chief of police and an STM honcho and introduced a new racial profiling committee and new guidelines for the police, the STM and the city.

But I have a feeling that a year from now I’ll still be linking to stories about how more black people are stopped by police. Racist attitudes are too ingrained in too many people for this kind of official PR stuff to work. I’m willing to bet ordinary policemen were rolling their eyes at each other as they heard about it.

I would love to be wrong about this, but let’s see what the numbers look like a year or so from now.