May 22, 2018 11:43 am

Driving while black: Montreal police stop man to see if he was in a stolen car

WATCH ABOVE: Kerwin Clarke was driving with his toddler in Verdun when Montreal police pulled him over to make sure they weren't in a stolen car. He tells Global's Tim Sargeant that, though the officers were nice, he wonders if it's a case of racial profiling.


Kerwin Clarke was pulled over in Verdun last weekend by Montreal police officers — and he says, for no clear reason.

The Saint-Lambert resident was in the car with his daughter, Quinn, in the back seat when they were stopped.

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“I was thinking, maybe I did something wrong. Did I stop at the last stop sign properly, completely? What did I do wrong? Did I check my phone?” he asked.

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Officers said they were checking to see if his 2017 GMC Yukon was stolen.

“I feel it was just squarely because I fit a profile they were looking for, being a younger-looking black male driving a nicer car,” Clarke, a criminal defence lawyer, told Global News.

“So, I felt really hurt.”

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The south shore man says, though the officers were polite, the father of three believes he was the victim of racial profiling.

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“I would like to think that someone would do a little more police work to vet a situation and not engage in what I feel is lazy police work,” he said.

Clarke hasn’t filed a complaint, but says he plans to do so.

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Minority rights activists insist more training needs to be done to improve the force’s relations with visible minorities — including hiring officers of a diverse background.

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“Police officers have to reflect and look like the community they serve and reach out to,” said Center for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR) Executive Director Fo Niemi.

Montreal police did not return Global News’ request for an interview.

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