A Halifax man is accusing the Nova Scotia RCMP of racial profiling after he and his brother were approached and ticketed by the same officer within two months.
“As a black man who is racially profiled, that feeling, I can’t explain it to you, and as I said to Staff Sgt, I can’t explain the feeling but it’s not a good feeling,” Quentrel Provo said.
The police seized his car last week. He picked it up on Thursday. But getting him out of the pound cost him $621 and endless frustration.
When you ask Provo, he’ll tell you that the problem with this particular officer started a month and a half ago.
He says that’s when the RCMP officer arrested his brother for illegally parking outside a liquor store in Cole Harbour.
The officer demanded a breathalyzer while Provo and his brother demanded to know why he was followed and arrested in the first place. Provo said his brother passed the breathalyzer test and was released.
Last week, Provo said the same officer approached him at a gas station in Timberlea when he was putting air in his tires.
“He checked my plate and said my license was revoked. I said I don’t know what you’re talking about. I have my license, I have everything here,” he said.
Provo called Access Nova Scotia, which he said admitted an error. He said he tried to explain it to the officer and asked for a supervisor.
Provo said the supervisor arrived, but also a tow truck. Although her brother showed up to drive the car home, his car was seized for 90 days. After protesting what happened, he was able to get it back nine days later, but he has to pay $621 and a ticket for driving with a revoked license.
“It was just an abuse of power on so many different levels,” said Provo, who thinks police should have acknowledged his brother could be driving the vehicle home and accepted that Access Nova Scotia made a mistake.
“The RCMP has a lot of explaining to do. I will not let this pass,” he said.
The RCMP declined CTV’s interview request and sent a statement, citing the Privacy Act as the reason police could not speak to this specific incident.
“The RCMP are aware of a social media post regarding the conduct of one of our officers. We take these concerns very seriously,” said Cpl. said Chris Marshall of the Nova Scotia RCMP.
Marshall encouraged anyone concerned about a member’s conduct to contact their local detachment to speak to a supervisor or inspector.
Provo said he was filing formal complaints with the RCMP and the human rights commission. He must also meet with an RCMP inspector about the incident.
He said he was speaking so others wouldn’t experience this.