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06/17/2014 12:41 EDT | Updated 08/17/2014 05:59 EDT

Montreal police racially profiled LaSalle man, Quebec commission rules

The Quebec human rights commission has awarded $33,000 to a LaSalle man, who says he was racially profiled and roughed up by two Montreal police officers four years ago.

The incident dates back to April 8, 2010.

Farid Charles, a high school teacher at the time, was waiting for take-out food in his friend's car outside a LaSalle restaurant, when he alleges he was approached by two Montreal police officers, yanked outside of the car, punched and arrested for loitering.

The commission concluded that Charles was a victim of racial profiling. It also recommended that the Montreal police department implement training to help prevent future incidents.

Charles said he was pleased with the decision. 

He said City Hall should be taking a closer look at racism and racial profiling to prevent future injustices.

"I feel the mayor needs to be accountable, I feel the police chief needs to be accountable.. they should start looking at the problems that are in the system today and start doing something about it," he said. 

"I can only imagine what has happened to other people, but they don't have the means and the resources or maybe the courage they need to speak out."

Police ethics committee: Officers not guilty of racial profiling

In February 2013, the Montreal police ethics committee found Sgt. Christopher Brault and Sgt. Mathieu Boucher-Bacon guilty of four breaches of the Quebec Code of Ethics for Police Officers.

The officers were suspended, but the ethics committee refused to acknowledge that they were guilty of racial profiling.

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