The City of Gatineau will appeal the judgment of the Human Rights Tribunal which had convicted two of its police officers for racial profiling, a decision that disappoints the local council of the black community.
The Gatineau municipal administration considers that Judge Magali Lewis violated two rules of law in her decision rendered on January 13, namely in the analysis of the facts and in relation to the delays since the date of the incident which occurred in December 2013.
“We do not tolerate any form of racial profiling, but we want to clarify the facts, because this decision sets a precedent,” said Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, while specifying that the police services had nevertheless implemented the recommendations of Justice Lewis.
“We must establish clear guidelines for police interventions,” added the director of legal services for the City of Gatineau, Marlène Painchaud.
Disappointment and worry
The Gatineau Black Community Council said it was disappointed and worried about the City’s decision to appeal the case, because it could send the wrong message to the population.
“Some might wonder about the need to denounce such gestures and thus create a feeling of false confidence”, argued its president, Aichatou Touré.
The judgment of the Human Rights Tribunal had imposed on the City of Gatineau and two of its police officers to pay $ 18,000 to a citizen, Serge Calza Nyembwe, arrested by mistake on December 27, 2013 in connection with a domestic violence case .