M996.10.461 | New Target for C.U.M. Police
New Target for C.U.M. Police
1993, 20th century
Graphite on paper
43 x 35.7 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cartoon (19139) , Côte-des-Neiges district (1) , Crisis (453) , Current event (10) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , figure (1849) , Griffin (1) , Life in society (104) , male (1608) , MUC (1) , police (18) , Scandal (48) , social (690) , Social (105) , Social stakes (275) , Violence (10) , Visible minority (1)
Keys to History
Chapleau offers a stinging commentary on racial profiling by making Trevor Kelly, the victim of a police shooting in January 1993, into the target that Montreal Urban Community (MUC) police officers use for shooting practice.
Numerous incidents that have occurred in Québec over the years have reinforced the impression that police officers are much quicker to take action, and do so more directly, when dealing with people from visible minority groups.
Kelly was shot dead near his apartment on Mountains Sights Avenue in the Côte des Neiges neighbourhood of Montreal.
It was never established whether Kelly was really carrying a knife when he was shot and killed by police in January 1993.
The police officers involved in Kelly's shooting, Richard Massé and Sylvain Benoît, were cleared by an investigation by the Sûreté du Québec (provincial police force). The results of the investigation were released in February 1993.