Out in the Open

What it feels like to be racially profiled in Canada

Three black Canadians describe their encounters with police.
Freddie James says he was followed and then pulled over by a Montreal police officer for no reason. He's since made a racial profiling complaint against the police. (CBC)

We hear from three black Canadians—Freddie James, Christien Levien, and Amadeus Marquez—about encounters they've had with the police. "They were saying, 'We're looking for someone who fits your description'", Amadeus told Out in the Open. "In my head I always think, 'what, between 4'7 and 6'8, black, between 50 and 250 pounds, wearing clothes?' Is that the description you're looking for? Because I can't fit a description every time I get stopped."