Montreal mayor says she’s not against idea of police body cameras

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Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said Tuesday she has no problem acknowledging systemic discrimination is an issue in Montreal, saying admitting the problem is the first step to fixing it.

Plante’s remarks were in stark contrast to those of Quebec Premier François Legault, who has drawn criticism this week after twice saying he doesn’t believe systemic racism exists in the province.

The issue has been brought to the forefront after thousands protested against racism and police brutality in Montreal on Sunday. The demonstration was sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man killed while in police custody in Minneapolis.

“For me, there’s no shame (in admitting it). It’s OK to say there is systemic discrimination,” Plante said at a news conference Tuesday. “It doesn’t mean that everybody is a racist and everything needs to be condemned.

“It’s about recognizing that there is bias, there are stereotypes, ways we’ve been raised, things we say and things we don’t see,” she added. “To name it is one first step so we can better move forward, address it and find solutions.”