For people who have lived, are currently living or are at risk of living homelessness and who have experienced police abuse, our community workers offer information on the police ethics system and on the evolution of a complaint, assist people in formulating their complaints and offer support and accompaniment throughout the process, free of charge.
The following situations could give rise to a police ethics complaint:
– A police officer used obscene, blasphemous or abusive language (Code of ethics of Québec police officers, art. 5(1))
– A police officer committed acts or used injurious language based on race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, religion, political convictions, language, age, social condition, civil status, pregnancy, ethnic or national origin, a handicap or a means to compensate for a handicap (art. 5(4))
– A police officer failed or refused to produce official identification when a person asked him/her to do so (art. 5(2))
– A police officer used greater force than was necessary to accomplish what was required or permitted (art. 6(1))
– A police officer threatened, intimidated or harassed a person (art. 6(2))
– A police officer maliciously damaged or destroyed property belonging to a person (art. 8(1))
– A police offircer showed, handled or pointed a weapon without justification (art. 11(1))
The complaint form is available online.
For complaints related to racial profiling but unrelated to homelessness, please refer to the Centre de recherche-action sur les relations raciales (CRARR).
Warning! The Clinique’s community workers are not lawyers and thus cannot give legal advice nor plead in court.