Black man accuses MTC of racial profiling

Posted By: CJAD · 11/13/2012 3:53:00 PM

A 61 year old Black man says the Montreal Transit Corporation has to find a better way of dealing with it's clients.

Glenroy Valantine Rice is launching court action against the MTC and it's inspectors over an incident last February at the Plamondon metro station when he was picked out of a crowd and asked, in French, to show proof of payment.

Because he's not fluent in French, he asked the inspector to repeat the question, but slower.

When there was no response he walked away.

That's when the alleged name calling and assault began.  He was also handed a $327 ticket  

"They were very aggressive with me, as far as their approach was concerned.  I felt humiliated, I felt confined, bullied, the type of language.  It's unbelievable.  I was shocked actually."

The Centre for Research on Race Relations will be filing a civil rights complaint on behalf of Rice, claiming $30,000 in damages.    

He wants the rules governing force changed, and new guidelines as to how MTC inspectors treat passengers.

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  1. Colin Buchanan posted on 11/13/2012 05:24 PM
    CJAD is to be commended for putting the spotlight on these stories. When will the national media wake up and realize it is their duty to help shed light on the deplorably racist, bigoted and ignorant behaviour of a growing number of French Quecebois??
  2. Aubey Laufer posted on 11/13/2012 07:31 PM
    I had the same problem with the S.T.M
    I on bus 138 Jan. 5, 2012
    I got a ticket of $75.00 on March 30,2011 from the S.T.M
    I pleaded not guilty
    I received a summns to appear in Municipal Court in the City of St Lautent on Jan. 25, 2013. with a fine of $100.00
    On De L,eglise at 11:00 am
    I will fight this.
    1) The S.T.M. Does encourage social profiling passengers.
    2) I don,t work because I have many EPILEPIC SEIZURE.
    3) The SPVM nerver gave me a breathlizer test.
    4 The S.T.M. gives tickets to any one they feel like even if they are not guilty.
    5) The S.T.M. bus must know the difference between being drunk and having a Grand Mal Epilepic Seizure.
    6) On Jan. 5, 2011 I hit the fare box to protect my head from Injury.
    7) I received a paper with a charge from the city of Cote St. Luc.
    that was pased by the Village of Cote St. Luc in 1934.
    8) The S.T.M should think before giving out tickets,social profiling including bus driver.
    9) The bus drivers also do social profiling if a driver from the S.T.M. If a driver does not like you they forcibly remove you from his or her bus by getting of there seat a take you by the neck a throw him of the bus.
    10) The S.T.M.represents The City of Montreal and must be good ambassadors to every one.

    1. Aubey Laufer posted on 11/19/2012 07:32 AM
      @Aubey Laufer The date of my Grande Mal was Jan. 5, 2011 on bus 138
      Not Jan 5, 2012
  3. Victor Levy posted on 11/14/2012 07:42 AM
    I have sworn never to use public transit in Montreal again. I am not a member of a visible minority but I have seen multiple instances of prejudice towards visible minorities in the metro system.

    I myself have had a "problematic" relationship with the Plamondon area public transit. The 160 bus has a horrid record of punctuality. One event took place at rush one evening at minus 25 - two buses failed to show. There were more than 100 people waiting. I dared to request an explanation from the bus driver as to why we were forced to wait over 40 minutes - his response was to get threatening and violent and offered to meet me off the bus to settle things with our fists.

    They get money from the Federal, Provincial and Municipal government. And we pay our ever escalating fees - and this is the service they provide...
  4. C.J. posted on 11/20/2012 10:40 AM
    Yeah...Not surprised and the STM will defend their own, They say they were doing their job and did nothing wrong. The STM will claim they don't profile. Good luck with this fight Mr Rice
  5. gnicolson posted on 11/20/2012 01:51 PM
    sad story ...not really surprised though...

    i have never seen so many inspectors walking around doing nothing in my life,but in all fairness im sure if a problem arises they will be there to protect our butts.

    we have to understand these people are under a tremendous amount of stress...
    really ...(wipes sarcasm from corner of mouth)
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