Last week’s city budget proposal includes a historic $63-million increase in spending on the SPVM, which has the highest number of officers per capita in Canada and overspent last year’s budget by $50-million.
A pair of daytime murders in populated areas of the city last week raised questions — and absurd theories — about the SPVM’s inability to prevent shootings.
The lives of people like Montrealer Pierre Coriolan could be saved by organizing alternative response teams to actually help those in crisis.
“The death of a Black child clearly means something different in a world where systemic racism and violence have, for centuries, produced disproportionate rates of Black death.”
Local media is full of baseless claims about officers afraid to intervene out of fear of being deemed racist.
Quebec is investing $7.5-million into the SPVM anti-gun squad, which targets the Black community for crimes that don’t involve guns.