Councillor Green Response to Arbitrary Stop by Hamilton Police
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—On Tuesday, April 26th Councillor Matthew Green was waiting for the bus to go home when two police cruisers stopped and one officer proceeded to engage in an arbitrary stop and questioning of Councillor Green.
“The truth is, this experience has been happening thousands of times throughout Ontario—it criminalizes innocent people, dehumanizing them and making them question their own place in their community. Although this is not the first time this has happened to me, this is the first time it has happened since being elected in 2014,” says Councillor Green.
Councillor Green submitted a formal complaint to the Hamilton Police Service on the morning of Wednesday, April 27, 2016.
“When residents call me to ask my advice on incidents revolving around racism or policing, I give them the same advice: officially file a complaint because not doing so allows people to continue to believe or suggest it doesn’t happen,” says Councillor Green.