Through an anonymous form, Montrealers aged 15 or older will be able to report any police stop experience they've had — even stops that occurred months or years ago.
Each user can specify how and where the police stop took place, provide context, specify their age, gender, ethnic or racial group, and say what they were doing — including their means of transportation — during the stop.
Since the project is an open data resource, all of the map's data will be accessible to anyone who wants to download it.
The INRS news release states that only 5% to 20% of police stops are recorded by the SPVM.
A 2019 independent report analyzing SPVM police stop data found that Indigenous and Black people are four to five times more likely to be stopped by police than white people in Montreal, the news release says.
One of Montreal's favourite taco joints, Tacos Frida, was robbed early on the morning of Saturday, September 25.
SPVM spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant told MTL Blog that a breaking and entering call was placed with the Montreal police around 4 a.m. that day.
And the taco spot wasn't shy to expose the person who did it on social media, as they decided to share a photo from the camera footage early that morning showing the robber's face.
MTL Blog spoke with the owner of Tacos Frida, Enrique Chan, who said, "a guy just broke one of the locks and emptied the cash register."
Chan believes around $300 was stolen during this incident.
Brabant explained that "Officers were called on-site concerning a breaking and entering. So far, we don't have any arrests but we've taken all the evidence and the camera footage, which was sent to investigators, so we'll see if we can identify the person who committed the break and entry."
For context, we can look at homicide rates from previous years. The following chart was compiled using Statistics Canada data.
The number of homicide victims over the past four years has been fairly consistent and works out to an average of 45.
Since it's September, we're around 3/4 — 75% — through the year. Using the average, we would expect there to be about 33 or 34 homicides by September, so 21 homicides is actually below what one might expect.
That said, anything can happen in a matter of months and monthly rates may vary.
The other thing we can consider is changes to Montreal's population from one year to the next. The homicide rate takes this into account, measuring the number of homicides per 100,000 people. However, the City of Montreal's most recent population count is from 2020 when it recorded 2,069,849 people.
In 2020, Montreal's homicide rate (0.97) was almost on par with that of St. John's, Newfoundland (0.96). Montreal's homicide rate was lower than that of Toronto (1.62), Vancouver (1.64), Calgary (2.53), and Edmonton (3.19). It was slightly higher than that of Ottawa (0.90).
The country's overall homicide rate in 2020 was 1.95.