Don’t scape­goat po­lice of­fi­cers

Montreal Gazette - - OPINION -

Re: “Woman wins her long bat­tle for jus­tice” (Mon­treal Gazette, Aug. 30)

Joseph Ar­paio’s par­don not­with­stand­ing, racial and so­cial pro­fil­ing is un­par­don­able.

But so, too, is po­lice pro­fil­ing.

How many of us will see the dis­turb­ing story of Amal As­mar as just more ev­i­dence that all cops be­have that way? What is this if not pro­fil­ing?

The word “sys­temic” is of­ten used to de­scribe the short­com­ings of law en­force­ment in deal­ing with mi­nori­ties.

I don’t think it is used enough to de­scribe the prob­lem of al­co­holism and home­less­ness on our streets. Nor does it ap­pear to be used at all to de­scribe the per­va­sive way we scape­goat po­lice for prob­lems that as a so­ci­ety we choose to ig­nore.

Howard Green­field, Mon­treal

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