Quebec’s police ethics committee has upheld one of two citations of breaching the police ethics code against a Montreal police officer who allegedly made insulting remarks about a Muslim motorist’s religion when he pulled him over one winter morning in 2017.
Montreal Gazette Early on Feb. 6, 2017, as Abdelkrim Rahal was driving south on Papineau Ave., he noticed a patrol car behind him with lights flashing, so he pulled over to the right. The police officer, 25-year SPVM veteran Éric Locas, pulled up beside him and indicated to Rahal that he should pull over, which he did.
Constable Locas got out of his car, approached Rahal’s car and greeted Rahal by saying “Shalom”, a Hebrew word meaning “peace”.
Rahal, who is Muslim, told the police ethics committee he felt targeted by the greeting, adding he did not understand why the police officer would not have simply said “Bonjour” or “Hi”. Rahal asked Constable Locas why he had greeted him like that, and the officer responded that it was just a way to greet someone.
Locas eventually told Rahal he had pulled him over because he did not have his lights on. Rahal explained that he had just turned off his lights because the sun was coming up. The officer responded that it was not daylight yet, and then showed Rahal a weather app on his smartphone, telling him he could check what time sunrise was if he wanted to know.
Rahal felt attacked again, and responded to the officer that he is well aware of what time the sun rises, because he says his prayers at sunrise before leaving the house.
“And then (Officer Locas) said to me, ‘I don’t care about your prayers…’ and then I started to feel the tension rising on his part and honestly, I felt I better stay calm because maybe something was going to happen.”
At the end of their interaction, Rahal asked the officer for his name. Rahal claims Constable Locas then took his name tag off and held it very close to Rahal’s face.
The officer then demanded to know why Rahal had asked for his name. Rahal said that it was in order to make a complaint. Rahal told the committee that Locas replied, “You people, you’re always complaining over nothing.”
Rahal launched a complaint with the SPVM later that day.
Locas was cited on two counts of breaching the police ethics code, one for making insulting comments based on Rahal’s religion, and one for taking actions based on Rahal’s race and religion.
At the police ethics committee hearing, Officer Locas noted that sunrise that day was at 7:09 a.m. and said it was still dark when he stopped Rohal for driving without headlights on.
When asked about his greeting, Locas claimed he often uses the word “Shalom” to mean hello, and that he has been doing so for years with friends, family members and colleagues.
Rather than saying “I don’t care about your prayers,” Locas claims he said something like, “See here, we don’t care about religion.” And Locas claims he did not say, “You people, you’re always complaining over nothing,” but rather “Why, you, do you just want to complain?”
The administrative judge ruled that Locas had breached the police ethics code by saying, “I don’t care about your prayers”. But he did not find Locas guilty on the second citation.
In the judgment, the committee found Locas’s words to be objectively insulting, inappropriate, and showing a lack of consideration toward Rahal.
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