While the full segment is no longer available online, the clip shows the man, who's identified as police response analyst Daniel Cléroux, saying, "He doesn't have the background of a potential gang member at all, firstly because of his nationality." Internet users say Cléroux was on the show to discuss the fatal shooting of a Saint-Michel teenager, who is white.
Even Montreal's police service (the SPVM) took to social media to say, "The #SPVM wants to dissociate itself from the unacceptable remarks made during this interview. This person does not speak on our behalf and has never been employed by the Service."
Comedian and activist Renzel Dashington posted the clip on Instagram with the caption "He's the same one who will ask you if you're a Quebecer... but what nationality? [...] Racism at its best!"
Dashington's post has over 2,000 "likes."
Ce matin,une personne a accord\u00e9 une entrevue \u00e0 Salut Bonjour en lien avec le 31e homicide survenu \u00e0 Mtl en 2021.\n\nLe #SPVM tient \u00e0 se dissocier des propos inacceptables tenus lors de cette entrevue. Cette personne ne parle pas en notre nom et n\u2019a jamais \u00e9t\u00e9 \u00e0 l\u2019emploi du Service.
Meanwhile, the Twitterverse is full of reactions from people condemning the comment.
"Disgusting to imply that someone's nationality is indicative of criminality. It says a lot about our justice system when racist ideas like this are conveyed by "experts" in the field. @salutbonjour aren't you ashamed?" wrote @lo_psd.
"Will Minister [Benoit] Charette firmly denounce this video excerpt from Salut Bonjour and, above all, will he end up recognizing systemic racism in Quebec and taking action to put an end to it?" tweeted @_QueenOfFluff.
Dashington is asking for "a real apology" from Salut Bonjour.
In another post, he highlights an apparent Salut Bonjour direct message that says: "Our show is live and we don't always have control over what our guests say. Rest assured, however, that we will do the appropriate follow-up."
Dashington wrote that the show being live "is not an absolution from being a responsible content producer."
He continued, "This morning 1 point for the normalization of racism in Quebec."
MTL Blog reached out to Salut Bonjour but did not receive an immediate response.
But what exactly is scoring and why are the Montreal police concerned about it?
Scoring "is something that is used to brag on social media [...] people are going to set an objective and they're going to brag about it on social media saying they accomplished an exploit," Richer explained at a press conference on Monday.
In a nutshell, "scoring" can be understood as a social media trend in which criminals use social networks to brag and encourage violent achievements.
The deputy director called scoring a "new phenomenon" in Montreal: "Now we're seeing more and more of it."
He said that while in the past, crime syndicates and organized crime acted in "very precise" ways, now "social media is where it's going on. That's where people are talking to each other, they're bragging, they're settling some scores and after that, they're doing it on the street with real violence."
"Police services have to adapt."
Generally, experts have long argued that social media has drastically changed the face of crime. And with more crime emerging on social media networks, some researchers believe that the police can also use it as an effective tool for fighting crime.
In a March 2019 study on "The Relationship Between Social Media Data and Crime Rates in the United States," researchers at the University of California said their findings suggested it was "possible to identify emerging crime hot spots using social media."
"When we talk about the hottest place in Montreal right now, it's social media," Richer said Monday.
"That's where we want to work; we want to work on this aspect of society that's different than it [was] two to five years ago."
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On Sunday, November 14, a 16-year-old boy, Thomas Trudel, died after being shot in Montreal's Saint-Michel neighbourhood. Now, a march and sit-in titled "Non à la violence et aux armes," translated to English as "No to violence and weapons," is being held on Saturday, November 20, in his honour and in the honour of all the victims of violence in Montreal.
MTL Blog spoke with Forum Jeunesse de Saint-Michel, the group organizing the march, about the importance of the event. The group responded saying they've seen "a series of shootings" near their premises recently.
The group explained that when violent acts like Sunday's shooting occur, "the neighbourhood is affected, classmates and schoolmates are impacted. Parents, young people and social workers become angry and question themselves. The teens begin to talk about revenge and about arming themselves."
"We couldn't just stand by and watch, we have to send a message to the authorities, to the parents, to the youth and to the workers. We have to do something together. We have to reassure the community," they continued.
Forum Jeunesse de Saint-Michel believes "we have left our children in front of screens too much, without any instructions, without warning them about the traps of the networks and the false and misappropriated contents."
"Our young people are only attracted by money and power. They all want to succeed quickly regardless of the means. There is a moral fragility that has been instilled that portrays the use of weapons as a banal thing."
The group hopes this march creates "a connection between parents, schools, communities and youth."
"We need a home and a space to intervene and accompany our youth through these difficult teenage years," they concluded.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante wrote a message to the public about Trudel's death, offering her deepest condolences and saying "Thomas was 16 years old when he was unjustly taken from us earlier this week."
Plante promised that the Montreal police are working hard to find the person who killed Trudel.
The march is taking place near where the shooting occurred last Sunday, at Parc François-Perrault.
SPVM spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant said the shooting occurred at the intersection of rue Villeray and 20e Avenue around 9 p.m., which isn't far from the French high school École Joseph-François-Perrault.
The teenager was found unconscious on the scene and pronounced dead by paramedics.
A perimeter was set up at the intersection shortly after and was lifted before 6 a.m. Monday morning.
Police are deeming this the 31st homicide on the Montreal territory in 2021.
Brabant said the 16-year-old victim is "not known" to police services.
At the time of writing this article, the suspect was still unknown to police, no arrests had been made, and the investigation was ongoing.
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"I'm not sure what it's like to see your daughter, your sister, your mother, your friend, your lover disappear from one day to the next without a trace. And on top of that, to have the impression that your government doesn't really care, or at least not enough. No one should have to go through that in Quebec," Legault continued.
"I'm convinced that the vast majority of Quebecers are ready to fight racism."